noun Furniture.

decorative inlay, as for bordering or paneling a piece, composed of strips of wood contrasting in grain or color with the principal wood of the surface.

Origin of banding

First recorded in 1730–40; band2 + -ing1




a company of persons or, sometimes, animals or things, joined, acting, or functioning together; aggregation; party; troop: a band of protesters.
  1. a group of instrumentalists playing music of a specialized type: rock band; calypso band; mariachi band.
  2. a musical group, usually employing brass, percussion, and often woodwind instruments, that plays especially for marching or open-air performances.
  3. big band.
  4. dance band.
a division of a nomadic tribe; a group of individuals who move and camp together and subsist by hunting and gathering.
a group of persons living outside the law: a renegade band.

verb (used with object)

to unite in a troop, company, or confederacy.

verb (used without object)

to unite; confederate (often followed by together): They banded together to oust the chairman.


    to beat the band, Informal. energetically; abundantly: It rained all day to beat the band.

Origin of band

1480–90; < Middle French bande < Italian banda; cognate with Late Latin bandum < Germanic; akin to Gothic bandwa standard, band2, band3, bend1, bond1

Synonyms for band

Synonym study

1. See company.




a thin, flat strip of some material for binding, confining, trimming, protecting, etc.: a band on each bunch of watercress.
a fillet, belt, or strap: a band for the hair; a band for connecting pulleys.
a stripe, as of color or decorative work.
a strip of paper or other material serving as a label: a cigar band.
a plain or simply styled ring, without mounted gems or the like: a thin gold band on his finger.
(on a long-playing phonograph record) one of a set of grooves in which sound has been recorded, separated from an adjacent set or sets by grooves without recorded sound.
bands. Geneva bands.
a flat collar commonly worn by men and women in the 17th century in western Europe.
Also called frequency band, wave band. Radio and Television. a specific range of frequencies, especially a set of radio frequencies, as HF, VHF, and UHF.
Also called energy band. Physics. a closely spaced group of energy levels of electrons in a solid.
Computers. one or more tracks or channels on a magnetic drum.
Dentistry. a strip of thin metal encircling a tooth, usually for anchoring an orthodontic apparatus.
Anatomy, Zoology. a ribbonlike or cordlike structure encircling, binding, or connecting a part or parts.
(in handbound books) one of several cords of hemp or flax handsewn across the back of the collated signatures of a book to provide added strength.

verb (used with object)

to mark, decorate, or furnish with a band or bands.

Origin of band

1480–90; < Middle French; Old French bende < Germanic; compare Old High German binta fillet. See bind, band1
Related formsband·er, nounband·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for banding

Contemporary Examples of banding

  • Zealous populist patriots might pal around on principle, but banding together effectively is another matter.

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    Elections Could Be the Beginning of the End for Europe

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    May 21, 2014

  • Some are donating blood for the injured, while others are banding into groups to keep the titushki away from their neighborhoods.

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    My Life Behind Kiev’s Barricades

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    February 21, 2014

  • There is a banding together so to speak, which is becoming a real cultural phenomenon.

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    Christmas Misfits Unite

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    December 24, 2013

  • Karl Rove and other big money men are banding together to try and stop Todd Akin types from scaring off voters.

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    The GOP and Violence Against Women

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    February 12, 2013

  • So as the American troops depart, the Iraqis are not banding together to defend their country against external threats.

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    Coup Tip a Fake, Official Says

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Historical Examples of banding

British Dictionary definitions for banding



British the practice of grouping schoolchildren according to ability to ensure a balanced intake at different levels of ability to secondary school




a company of people having a common purpose; groupa band of outlaws
a group of musicians playing either brass and percussion instruments only (brass band) or brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments (concert band or military band)
a group of musicians who play popular music, jazz, etc, often for dancing
a group of instrumentalists generally; orchestra
Canadian a formally recognized group of Canadian Indians on a reserve
anthropol a division of a tribe; a family group or camp group
US and Canadian a flock or herd


(usually foll by together) to unite; assemble

Word Origin for band

C15: from French bande probably from Old Provençal banda of Germanic origin; compare Gothic bandwa sign, banner




a thin flat strip of some material, used esp to encircle objects and hold them togethera rubber band
  1. a strip of fabric or other material used as an ornament or distinguishing mark, or to reinforce clothing
  2. (in combination)waistband; hairband; hatband
a stripe of contrasting colour or textureSee also chromosome band
a driving belt in machinery
a range of values that are close or related in number, degree, or quality
  1. physicsa range of frequencies or wavelengths between two limits
  2. radiosuch a range allocated to a particular broadcasting station or service
short for energy band
computing one or more tracks on a magnetic disk or drum
anatomy any structure resembling a ribbon or cord that connects, encircles, or binds different parts
the cords to which the folded sheets of a book are sewn
a thin layer or seam of ore
architect a strip of flat panelling, such as a fascia or plinth, usually attached to a wall
a large white collar, sometimes edged with lace, worn in the 17th century
either of a pair of hanging extensions of the collar, forming part of academic, legal, or (formerly) clerical dress
a ring for the finger (esp in phrases such as wedding band, band of gold, etc)

verb (tr)

to fasten or mark with a band
US and Canadian to ring (a bird)See ring 1 (def. 22)

Word Origin for band

C15: from Old French bende, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German binda fillet; see band ³




Word Origin for band

C13: from Old Norse band; related to Old High German bant fetter; see bend 1, bond
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Word Origin and History for banding



"a flat strip," also "something that binds," a merger of two words, ultimately from the same source. In the sense "that by which someone or something is bound," it is attested from early 12c., from Old Norse band "thin strip that ties or constrains," from Proto-Germanic *bindan, from PIE *bendh- "to bind" (cf. Gothic bandi "that which binds; Sanskrit bandhah "a tying, bandage," source of bandana; Middle Irish bainna "bracelet;" see bend (v.), bind (v.)). Most of the figurative senses of this word have passed into bond (n.), which originally was a phonetic variant of this band.

The meaning "a flat strip" (late 14c.) is from Old French bande "strip, edge, side," via Old North French bende, from Old High German binda, from Proto-Germanic *bindan (see above). In Middle English, this was distinguished by the spelling bande, but since the loss of the final -e the words have fully merged. Meaning "broad stripe of color" is from late 15c.; the electronics sense of "range of frequencies or wavelengths" is from 1922. The Old North French form was retained in heraldic bend. Band saw is recorded from 1864.



"an organized group," late 15c., from Middle French bande, which is traceable to the Proto-Germanic root of band (n.1), probably via a band of cloth worn as a mark of identification by a group of soldiers or others (cf. Gothic bandwa "a sign"). The extension to "group of musicians" is c.1660, originally musicians attached to a regiment of the army. To beat the band (1897) is to make enough noise to drown it out, hence to exceed everything.



1520s, "to bind or fasten;" also "to join in a company," from band (n.1) and (n.2) in various noun senses, and partly from French bander. The meaning "to affix an ID band to (a wild animal, etc.)" is attested from 1914. Related: Banded; banding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

banding in Medicine




The differential staining of metaphase chromosomes in cultured cells to reveal their characteristic patterns of stripes in order to identify individual chromosome pairs.




An appliance or a part of an apparatus that encircles or binds a part of the body.
A cordlike tissue that connects or that holds bodily structures together.
A chromatically, structurally, or functionally differentiated strip or stripe in or on an organism.
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banding in Science



A specific range of electromagnetic wavelengths or frequencies, as those used in radio broadcasting.
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Idioms and Phrases with banding


see on the bandwagon; to beat the band.

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