6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Band \Band\ (b[a^]nd), noun [OE. band, bond, Icel. band; akin to G., Sw., & D. band, OHG. bant, Goth. bandi, Skr. bandha a binding, bandh to bind, for bhanda, bhandh, also to E. bend, bind. In sense 7, at least, it is fr. F. bande, from OHG. bant. [root]90. See {Bind}, verb (used with an object), and cf. {Bend}, {Bond}, 1st {Bandy}.]

1. A fillet, strap, or any narrow ligament with which a thing is encircled, or fastened, or by which a number of things are tied, bound together, or confined; a fetter.

Every one's bands were loosed. --Acts xvi. 26.

2. (Arch.) (a) A continuous tablet, stripe, or series of ornaments, as of carved foliage, of color, or of brickwork, etc. (b) In Gothic architecture, the molding, or suite of moldings, which encircles the pillars and small shafts.

3. That which serves as the means of union or connection between persons; a tie. "To join in Hymen's bands." --Shak.

4. A linen collar or ruff worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.

5. pl. Two strips of linen hanging from the neck in front as part of a clerical, legal, or academic dress.

6. A narrow strip of cloth or other material on any article of dress, to bind, strengthen, ornament, or complete it. "Band and gusset and seam." --Hood.

7. A company of persons united in any common design, especially a body of armed men.

Troops of horsemen with his bands of foot. --Shak.

8. A number of musicians who play together upon portable musical instruments, especially those making a loud sound, as certain wind instruments (trumpets, clarinets, etc.), and drums, or cymbals; as, a high school's marching band.

9. (Bot.) A space between elevated lines or ribs, as of the fruits of umbelliferous plants.

10. (Zool.) A stripe, streak, or other mark transverse to the axis of the body.

11. (Mech.) A belt or strap.

12. A bond. [Obs.] "Thy oath and band." --Shak.

13. Pledge; security. [Obs.] --Spenser.

{Band saw}, a saw in the form of an endless steel belt, with teeth on one edge, running over wheels.

{big band}, a band that is the size of an orchestra, usually playing mostly jazz or swing music. The big band typically features both ensemble and solo playing, sometimes has a lead singer, and is often located in a night club where the patrons may dance to its music. The big bands were popular from the late 1920's to the 1940's. Contrasted with {combo}, which has fewer players. [1913 Webster +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Band \Band\, verb (used with an object) To bandy; to drive away. [Obs.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Band \Band\, imp. of {Bind}. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Band \Band\ (b[a^]nd), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Banded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Banding}.]

1. To bind or tie with a band.

2. To mark with a band.

3. To unite in a troop, company, or confederacy. "Banded against his throne." --Milton.

{Banded architrave}, {Banded pier}, {Banded shaft}, etc. (Arch.), an architrave, pier, shaft, etc., of which the regular profile is interrupted by blocks or projections crossing it at right angles.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Band \Band\, verb (used without an object) To confederate for some common purpose; to unite; to conspire together.

Certain of the Jews banded together. --Acts xxiii. 12.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot" [syn: {set}, {circle}, {band}, {lot}]

2: instrumentalists not including string players

3: a stripe or stripes of contrasting color; "chromosomes exhibit characteristic bands"; "the black and yellow banding of bees and wasps" [syn: {band}, {banding}, {stria}, {striation}]

4: an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material [syn: {band}, {banding}, {stripe}]

5: a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing [syn: {dance band}, {band}, {dance orchestra}]

6: a range of frequencies between two limits

7: a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)

8: a cord-like tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure [syn: {isthmus}, {band}]

9: jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger; "she had rings on every finger"; "he noted that she wore a wedding band" [syn: {ring}, {band}]

10: a driving belt in machinery

11: a thin flat strip or loop of flexible material that goes around or over something else, typically to hold it together or as a decoration

12: a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration) [syn: {band}, {ring}]

13: a restraint put around something to hold it together


1: bind or tie together, as with a band

2: attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify; "ring birds"; "band the geese to observe their migratory patterns" [syn: {ring}, {band}]

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