The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thin strip of flexible material used to encircle and bind one object or to hold a number of objects together: a metal band around the bale of cotton.
  • n. A strip or stripe that contrasts with something else in color, texture, or material.
  • n. A narrow strip of fabric used to trim, finish, or reinforce articles of clothing.
  • n. Something that constrains or binds morally or legally: the bands of marriage and family.
  • n. A simple ungrooved ring, especially a wedding ring.
  • n. A neckband or collar.
  • n. The two strips hanging from the front of a collar as part of the dress of certain clerics, scholars, and lawyers.
  • n. A high collar popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • n. Biology A chromatically, structurally, or functionally differentiated strip or stripe in or on an organism.
  • n. Anatomy A cordlike tissue that connects or holds structures together.
  • n. Physics A specific range of wavelengths or frequencies of electromagnetic radiation.
  • n. Physics A range of very closely spaced electron energy levels in solids, the distribution and nature of which determine the electrical properties of a material.
  • n. Any of the distinct grooves on a long-playing phonograph record that contains an individual selection or a separate section of a whole.
  • n. A cord or strip across the back of a book to which the sheets or quires are attached.
  • v. To tie, bind, or encircle with or as if with a band.
  • v. To mark or identify with or as if with a band: a program to band migrating birds.
  • n. A group of people: a band of outlaws.
  • n. A group of animals.
  • n. Anthropology A unit of social organization especially among hunter-gatherers, consisting of a usually small number of families living together cooperatively.
  • n. Canadian An aboriginal group officially recognized as an organized unit by the Canadian government. See Usage Note at First Nation.
  • n. A group of musicians who perform as an ensemble.
  • v. To assemble or unite in a group.
  • verb-intransitive. To form a group; unite: banded together for protection.

Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group of musicians, especially (a) wind and percussion players, or (b) rock musicians.
  • n. A type of orchestra originally playing janissary music; i.e. marching band.
  • n. A group of people loosely united for a common purpose (a band of thieves).
  • n. A small group of people living in a simple society.
  • n. A group of aboriginals that has official recognition as an organized unit by the federal government of Canada.
  • v. To group together for a common purpose.
  • n. A strip of material wrapped around things to hold them together.
  • n. A strip along the spine of a book where the pages are attached.
  • n. A part of radio spectrum.
  • n. A group of energy levels in a solid state material. Valence band, conduction band.
  • v. To fasten together with a band.
  • v. To fasten an identifying band around (a bird's) leg.

the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n.
  • n. A continuous tablet, stripe, or series of ornaments, as of carved foliage, of color, or of brickwork, etc.
  • n. In Gothic architecture, the molding, or suite of moldings, which encircles the pillars and small shafts.
  • n. That which serves as the means of union or connection between persons; a tie.
  • n. A linen collar or ruff worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • n. Two strips of linen hanging from the neck in front as part of a clerical, legal, or academic dress.
  • n. A narrow strip of cloth or other material on any article of dress, to bind, strengthen, ornament, or complete it.
  • n. A company of persons united in any common design, especially a body of armed men.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A space between elevated lines or ribs, as of the fruits of umbelliferous plants.
  • n. A stripe, streak, or other mark transverse to the axis of the body.
  • n. A belt or strap.
  • n. A bond.
  • n. Pledge; security.
  • v. To bind or tie with a band.
  • v. To mark with a band.
  • v. To unite in a troop, company, or confederacy.
  • verb-intransitive. To confederate for some common purpose; to unite; to conspire together.
  • v. To bandy; to drive away.
  • imp. of bind.

The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Anything which binds the person or the limbs, and serves to restrain or to deprive of liberty; a shackle, manacle, or fetter: usually in the plural.
  • n. That by which loose things of the same or a similar kind are bound together.
  • n. That which connects; a connecting piece, or means of connection; that which connects or unites the several parts of a complex thing.
  • n. Specifically— In logic, the copula.
  • n. The metallic sleeve which binds the barrel and stock of a musket together.
  • n. One of two pieces of iron fastened to the bows of a saddle to keep them in place.
  • n. A leaden came. See came.
  • n. A hyphen.
  • n. A binding or uniting power or influence: as, a band of union.
  • n. An obligation imposing reciprocal, legal, or moral duties: as, the nuptial bands.
  • n. A binding promise or agreement; a bond or security given.
  • n. A surety; a bondsman.
  • n. A covenant or league.
  • n. A flat strip of any material, but especially of a flexible material, used to bind round anything; a fillet: as, a rubber band; a band around the head; a hat-band.
  • n. Anything resembling a band in form or function.
  • n. The form of collar commonly worn by men and women in the seventeenth century in western Europe.
  • n. The linen ornament worn about the neck, with the ends hanging down in front, by certain Protestant clergymen.
  • n. In mining, a layer of rock interstratified with the coal; sometimes, as in Cumberland, England, the coal itself.
  • n. A company of persons, especially a body of armed men; a company of soldiers, or of persons united for any purpose.
  • n. In music, a company of musicians playing various instruments in combination, in the manner of an orchestra: most frequently applied to a company of musicians playing such instruments as may be used in marching.
  • n. A collection of animals of any kind, as a drove of cattle or horses, or a flock of sheep.
  • To unite in a troop, company, or confederacy: generally reflexive.
  • To unite; associate; confederate for some common purpose.
  • n. A ridge of a hill: commonly applied in the English lake district to a long ridge-like hill of minor height, or to a long narrow sloping offshoot from a higher hill or mountain.
  • n. An obsolete or Scotch preterit of bind.
  • To interdict; banish.
  • Same as bandy.
  • n. A weight equal to about 2 ounces troy, in use in western Africa for weighing gold-dust.
  • n. In botany, the band-like space between the two mericarps of a cremocarp.

WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cord-like tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure
  • n. 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
  • n. a stripe or stripes of contrasting color
  • n. a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing
  • n. a driving belt in machinery
  • n. instrumentalists not including string players
  • n. a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
  • n. a restraint put around something to hold it together
  • n. a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)
  • n. a range of frequencies between two limits
  • v. attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify
  • n. jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger
  • v. bind or tie together, as with a band
  • n. an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material
  • n. an unofficial association of people or groups

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