Meaning of BAND in English

1. n. & v.


1. a flat, thin strip or loop of material (e.g. paper, metal, or cloth) put round something esp. to hold it together or decorate it (headband).

2 a a strip of material forming part of a garment (hatband; waistband). b a stripe of a different colour or material on an object.

3 a a range of frequencies or wavelengths in a spectrum (esp. of radio frequencies). b a range of values within a series.

4 Mech. a belt connecting wheels or pulleys.

5 (in pl.) a collar having two hanging strips, worn by some lawyers, ministers, and academics in formal dress.

6 archaic a thing that restrains, binds, connects, or unites; a bond.

1. put a band on.

2 a mark with stripes. b (as banded adj.) Bot. & Zool. marked with coloured bands or stripes.

Phrases and idioms:

band-saw a mechanical saw with a blade formed by an endless toothed band.

Etymology: ME f. OF bande, bende (sense 6 f. ON band) f. Gmc 2. n. & v.


1. an organized group of people having a common object, esp. of a criminal nature (band of cutthroats).

2 a a group of musicians, esp. playing wind instruments (brass band; military band). b a group of musicians playing jazz, pop, or dance music. c colloq. an orchestra.

3 US a herd or flock. & intr. form into a group for a purpose (band together for mutual protection).

Phrases and idioms:

Band of Hope an association promoting total abstinence from alcohol.

Etymology: ME f. OF bande, bander, med.L banda, prob. of Gmc orig.

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.