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


Next Word in the Dictionary: banda (noun)
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Bancroft's law
All Words Near: band

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up band? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More