WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
band1 /bænd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. 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.
  2. a musical group of a specialized type:a rock band.

v. 
  1. 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.

band2 /bænd/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [countable]
  1. a thin, flat strip of material, used esp. for fastening, binding, or as decoration:The hat had a band of ribbon.
  2. a stripe, as of color:white paper with a red band.
  3. Jewelrya plain or simply styled ring:a gold wedding band.
  4. Telecommunications, Radio and Televisiona specific range of frequencies, esp. a set of radio frequencies.

v. [+ object]
  1. to mark with or attach a band to:The farmer banded the carrots in bunches.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
band1  (band),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a company of persons or, sometimes, animals or things, joined, acting, or functioning together;
    aggregation;
    party;
    troop:a band of protesters.
  2. 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. 
  3. Anthropologya division of a nomadic tribe;
    a group of individuals who move and camp together and subsist by hunting and gathering.
  4. a group of persons living outside the law:a renegade band.
  5. Idiomsto beat the band, [Informal.]energetically;
    abundantly:It rained all day to beat the band.

v.t. 
  1. to unite in a troop, company, or confederacy.

v.i. 
  1. 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
  • 1480–90
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gang, group;
      body;
      set;
      society, association, assembly. See  company. 

band2  (band),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a thin, flat strip of some material for binding, confining, trimming, protecting, etc.:a band on each bunch of watercress.
  2. a fillet, belt, or strap:a band for the hair; a band for connecting pulleys.
  3. a stripe, as of color or decorative work.
  4. a strip of paper or other material serving as a label:a cigar band.
  5. Jewelrya plain or simply styled ring, without mounted gems or the like:a thin gold band on his finger.
  6. 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.
  7. bands. See  Geneva bands. 
  8. Clothinga flat collar commonly worn by men and women in the 17th century in western Europe.
  9. 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.
  10. PhysicsAlso called  energy band. a closely spaced group of energy levels of electrons in a solid.
  11. Computingone or more tracks or channels on a magnetic drum.
  12. Dentistrya strip of thin metal encircling a tooth, usually for anchoring an orthodontic apparatus.
  13. Anatomy, Zoologya ribbonlike or cordlike structure encircling, binding, or connecting a part or parts.
  14. 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.

v.t. 
  1. to mark, decorate, or furnish with a band or bands.
bander, n. 
bandless, adj. 
  • Gmc; compare Old High German binta fillet. See bind, band1
  • Middle French; Old French bende
  • 1480–90

band3  (band),USA pronunciation n. [Archaic.]
  1. Usually,  bands. articles for binding the person or the limbs;
    shackles;
    manacles;
    fetters.
  2. 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


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

band /bænd/ n
  1. a company of people having a common purpose; group: a band of outlaws
  2. a group of musicians playing either brass and percussion instruments only (brass band) or brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments (concert band or military band)
  3. a group of musicians who play popular music, jazz, etc, often for dancing
  4. a group of instrumentalists generally; orchestra
  5. Canadian a formally recognized group of Canadian Indians on a reserve
vb
  1. (usually followed by together) to unite; assemble
Etymology: 15th Century: from French bande probably from Old Provençal banda of Germanic origin; compare Gothic bandwa sign, banner
band /bænd/ n
  1. a thin flat strip of some material, used esp to encircle objects and hold them together: a rubber band
  2. a strip of fabric or other material used as an ornament or distinguishing mark, or to reinforce clothing
  3. (in combination): waistband, hairband, hatband
  4. a stripe of contrasting colour or texture
  5. a driving belt in machinery
  6. a range of values that are close or related in number, degree, or quality
  7. a range of frequencies or wavelengths between two limits
  8. such a range allocated to a particular broadcasting station or service
  9. short for energy band
  10. one or more tracks on a magnetic disk or drum
  11. any structure resembling a ribbon or cord that connects, encircles, or binds different parts
  12. the cords to which the folded sheets of a book are sewn
  13. a thin layer or seam of ore
  14. a strip of flat panelling, such as a fascia or plinth, usually attached to a wall
  15. a large white collar, sometimes edged with lace, worn in the 17th century
  16. either of a pair of hanging extensions of the collar, forming part of academic, legal, or (formerly) clerical dress
  17. a ring for the finger (esp in phrases such as wedding band, band of gold, etc)
vb (transitive)
  1. to fasten or mark with a band
  2. US Canadian to ring (a bird)
    See ring1
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French bende, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German binda fillet; see band³



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