Meaning of BAND in English


band 1

/band/ , n.

1. a company of persons or, sometimes, animals or things, joined, acting, or functioning together; aggregation; party; troop: a band of protesters.

2. Music.

a. a group of instrumentalists playing music of a specialized type: rock band; calypso band; mariachi band.

b. a musical group, usually employing brass, percussion, and often woodwind instruments, that plays esp. for marching or open-air performances.

c. See big band .

d. See dance band .

3. a division of a nomadic tribe; a group of individuals who move and camp together and subsist by hunting and gathering.

4. a group of persons living outside the law: a renegade band.

5. to beat the band , Informal. energetically; abundantly: It rained all day to beat the band.


6. to unite in a troop, company, or confederacy.


7. to unite; confederate (often fol. by together ): They banded together to oust the chairman.

[ 1480-90; bande banda; c. LL bandum bandwa standard, BAND 2 , BAND 3 , BEND 1 , BOND 1 ]

Syn. 1. gang, group; body; set; society, association, assembly. See company .

band 2

— bander , n. — bandless , adj.

/band/ , n.

1. a thin, flat strip of some material for binding, confining, trimming, protecting, etc.: a band on each bunch of watercress.

2. a fillet, belt, or strap: a band for the hair; a band for connecting pulleys.

3. a stripe, as of color or decorative work.

4. a strip of paper or other material serving as a label: a cigar band.

5. a plain or simply styled ring, without mounted gems or the like: a thin gold band on his finger.

6. (on a long-playing phonograph record) one of a set of grooves in which sound has been recorded, separated from an adjacent set or sets by grooves without recorded sound.

7. bands . See Geneva bands .

8. a flat collar commonly worn by men and women in the 17th century in western Europe.

9. Also called frequency band, wave band . Radio and Television. a specific range of frequencies, esp. a set of radio frequencies, as HF, VHF, and UHF.

10. Also called energy band . Physics. a closely spaced group of energy levels of electrons in a solid.

11. Computers. one or more tracks or channels on a magnetic drum.

12. Dentistry. a strip of thin metal encircling a tooth, usually for anchoring an orthodontic apparatus.

13. Anat. , Zool. a ribbonlike or cordlike structure encircling, binding, or connecting a part or parts.

14. (in handbound books) one of several cords of hemp or flax handsewn across the back of the collated signatures of a book to provide added strength.


15. to mark, decorate, or furnish with a band or bands.

[ 1480-90; bende binta fillet. See BIND, BAND 1 ]

band 3

/band/ , n. Archaic.

1. Usually, bands . articles for binding the person or the limbs; shackles; manacles; fetters.

2. an obligation; bond: the nuptial bands.

[ 1100-50; late OE band; c. OS, OFris band, OHG bant; akin to Skt bandha-. See BAND 1 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .