WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
band1 /bænd/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- a group of persons, animals, or things acting or working together:a band of protesters.
- a group of musicians who play chiefly brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments:a school band.
- a musical group of a specialized type:a rock band.
band2 /bænd/USA pronunciation
- to unite in a troop, company, or group: [no object]The men banded together to look for the lost child.[~ + object]The men were banded together to chase the outlaws out of town.
v. [~ + object]
- a thin, flat strip of material, used esp. for fastening, binding, or as decoration:The hat had a band of ribbon.
- a stripe, as of color:white paper with a red band.
- Jewelrya plain or simply styled ring:a gold wedding band.
- Telecommunications, Radio and Televisiona specific range of frequencies, esp. a set of radio frequencies.
- to mark with or attach a band to:The farmer banded the carrots in bunches.
(band),USA pronunciation n.
- a company of persons or, sometimes, animals or things, joined, acting, or functioning together;
troop:a band of protesters.
- Music and Dance
- a group of instrumentalists playing music of a specialized type:rock band;calypso band;mariachi band.
- a musical group, usually employing brass, percussion, and often woodwind instruments, that plays esp. for marching or open-air performances.
- See big band.
- See dance band.
- Anthropologya 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.
- Idiomsto beat the band, [Informal.]energetically;
abundantly:It rained all day to beat the band.
- to unite in a troop, company, or confederacy.
- to unite;
confederate (often fol. by together):They banded together to oust the chairman.
- Gmc; akin to Gothic bandwa standard, band2, band3, bend1, bond1
- Italian banda; cognate with Late Latin bandum
- Middle French bande
(band),USA pronunciation n.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gang, group;
society, association, assembly. 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.
- Jewelrya plain or simply styled ring, without mounted gems or the like:a thin gold band on his finger.
- Sound Reproduction(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. See Geneva bands.
- Clothinga flat collar commonly worn by men and women in the 17th century in western Europe.
- Telecommunications, Radio and TelevisionAlso called frequency band, wave band. [Radio and Television.]a specific range of frequencies, esp. a set of radio frequencies, as HF, VHF, and UHF.
- PhysicsAlso called energy band. a closely spaced group of energy levels of electrons in a solid.
- Computingone or more tracks or channels on a magnetic drum.
- Dentistrya strip of thin metal encircling a tooth, usually for anchoring an orthodontic apparatus.
- Anatomy, Zoologya ribbonlike or cordlike structure encircling, binding, or connecting a part or parts.
- Printing(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.
- to mark, decorate, or furnish with a band or bands.
(band),USA pronunciation n. [Archaic.]
- Gmc; compare Old High German binta fillet. See bind, band1
- Middle French; Old French bende
- Usually, bands. articles for binding the person or the limbs;
- an obligation;
bond:the nuptial bands.
- Old Norse band; cognate with Old Saxon, Old Frisian band, Old High German bant; akin to Sanskrit bandha-. See band1
- late Old English 1100–50
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band /bænd/ n
- a company of people having a common purpose; group: a 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
Etymology: 15th Century: from French bande probably from Old Provençal banda of Germanic origin; compare Gothic bandwa sign, banner
- (usually followed by together) to unite; assemble
band /bænd/ n
- a thin flat strip of some material, used esp to encircle objects and hold them together: a rubber band
- a strip of fabric or other material used as an ornament or distinguishing mark, or to reinforce clothing
- (in combination): waistband, hairband, hatband
- a stripe of contrasting colour or texture
- a driving belt in machinery
- a range of values that are close or related in number, degree, or quality
- a range of frequencies or wavelengths between two limits
- such a range allocated to a particular broadcasting station or service
- short for energy band
- one or more tracks on a magnetic disk or drum
- 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
- 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)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French bende, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German binda fillet; see band³
- to fasten or mark with a band
- US Canadian to ring (a bird)
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