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noun \ˈband\

Definition of band

  1. 1 :  something that confines or constricts while allowing a degree of movement

  2. 2 :  something that binds or restrains legally, morally, or spiritually

  3. 3 :  a strip serving to join or hold things together: such asa :  belt 2b :  a cord or strip across the back of a book to which the sections are sewn

  4. 4 :  a thin flat encircling strip: such asa :  a close-fitting strip that confines material at the waist, neck, or cuff of clothingb :  a strip of cloth used to protect a newborn baby's navel —called also bellybandc :  a ring of elastic

  5. 5a :  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 areab :  a more or less well-defined range of wavelengths, frequencies, or energiesc :  range 7a

  6. 6 :  a narrow strip serving chiefly as decoration: such asa :  a narrow strip of material applied as trimming to an article of dressb bands plural :  a pair of strips hanging at the front of the neck as part of a clerical, legal, or academic dressc :  a ring without raised portions

  7. 7 :  track 2e(3)

Origin and Etymology 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


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band

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Definition of band

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to affix a band to or tie up with a band

  3. 2 :  to finish or decorate with a band

  4. 3 :  to gather together :  unite banded themselves together for protection

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  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

bander

noun

Examples of band in a Sentence

  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


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band

noun

Definition of band

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

Origin and Etymology of band

Middle French bande troop, from Old Occitan banda, of Germanic origin; akin to Goth bandwo sign, standard — more at banner



BAND Defined for Kids

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noun \ˈband\

Definition of band for Students

  1. 1 :  a strip of material that holds together or goes around something else A plastic band held on the container's lid.

  2. 2 :  a strip of something that is different from what it goes around or across a hat band a band of tall grass

  3. 3 :  a range of frequencies (as of radio waves)


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Definition of band for Students

banded

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banding

  1. 1 :  to put a strip of material on or around :  tie together with a band The envelopes are banded in packs of 50.

  2. 2 :  to unite in a group “They don't want us banding together for higher wages or better housing,” said Marta. — Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising


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band

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Definition of band for Students

  1. 1 :  a group of persons or animals a band of outlaws

  2. 2 :  a group of musicians performing together


Medical Dictionary

band

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noun \ˈband\

Medical Definition of band

  1. 1:  a thin flat encircling strip especially for binding: asa:  a strip of cloth used to protect a newborn baby's navel—called also bellybandb:  a thin flat strip of metal that encircles a tooth orthodontic bands

  2. 2:  a strip separated by some characteristic color or texture or considered apart from what is adjacent: asa:  a stripe, streak, or other elongated mark on an animal; especially :  one transverse to the long axis of the bodyb:  a line or streak of differentiated cellsc:  one of the alternating dark and light segments of skeletal muscle fibersd:  band celle:  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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