noun \ˈband\

Definition of BAND

:  something that confines or constricts while allowing a degree of movement
:  something that binds or restrains legally, morally, or spiritually
:  a strip serving to join or hold things together: as
a :  belt 2
b :  a cord or strip across the back of a book to which the sections are sewn
:  a thin flat encircling strip: as
a :  a close-fitting strip that confines material at the waist, neck, or cuff of clothing
b :  a strip of cloth used to protect a newborn baby's navel —called also bellyband
c :  a ring of elastic
a :  a strip (as of living tissue or rock) or a stripe (as on an animal) differentiable (as by color, texture, or structure) from the adjacent material or area
b :  a more or less well-defined range of wavelengths, frequencies, or energies
c :  range 7a
:  a narrow strip serving chiefly as decoration: as
a :  a narrow strip of material applied as trimming to an article of dress
b plural :  a pair of strips hanging at the front of the neck as part of a clerical, legal, or academic dress
c :  a ring without raised portions
:  track 1e(2)

Origin of BAND

in senses 1 & 2, from Middle English band, bond something that constricts, from Old Norse band; akin to Old English bindan to bind; in other senses, from Middle English bande strip, from Middle French, from Vulgar Latin *binda, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German binta fillet; akin to Old English bindan to bind, bend fetter — more at bind
First Known Use: 12th century



Definition of BAND

transitive verb
:  to affix a band to or tie up with a band
:  to finish or decorate with a band
:  to gather together :  unite <banded themselves together for protection>
intransitive verb
:  to unite for a common purpose —often used with together <have banded together in hopes of attacking the blight that is common to them all — J. B. Conant>
band·er noun

Examples of BAND

  1. <banded the waist of the dress with a speckled belt>
  2. <banded the newspapers together for delivery>

First Known Use of BAND

15th century



Definition of BAND

:  a group of persons, animals, or things; especially :  a group of musicians organized for ensemble playing

Origin of BAND

Middle French bande troop, from Old Occitan banda, of Germanic origin; akin to Gothic bandwo sign, standard — more at banner
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue


noun \ˈband\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BAND

:  a thin flat encircling strip especially for binding: as a :  a strip of cloth used to protect a newborn baby's navel—called also bellyband b :  a thin flat strip of metal that encircles a tooth <orthodontic bands>
:  a strip separated by some characteristic color or texture or considered apart from what is adjacent: as a :  a stripe, streak, or other elongated mark on an animal; especially :  one transverse to the long axis of the body b :  a line or streak of differentiated cells c :  one of the alternating dark and light segments of skeletal muscle fibers d :  band form e :  a strip of abnormal tissue either congenital or acquired; especially :  a strip of connective tissue that causes obstruction of the bowel
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