What does band mean?

Definitions for band

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word band.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. set, circle, band, lot(noun)

    an unofficial association of people or groups

    "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"

  2. band(noun)

    instrumentalists not including string players

  3. band, banding, stria, striation(noun)

    a stripe or stripes of contrasting color

    "chromosomes exhibit characteristic bands"; "the black and yellow banding of bees and wasps"

  4. band, banding, stripe(noun)

    an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material

  5. dance band, band, dance orchestra(noun)

    a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing

  6. band(noun)

    a range of frequencies between two limits

  7. band(noun)

    a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)

  8. isthmus, band(noun)

    a cord-like tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure

  9. ring, band(noun)

    jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger

    "she had rings on every finger"; "he noted that she wore a wedding band"

  10. band(noun)

    a driving belt in machinery

  11. band(noun)

    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

  12. band, ring(noun)

    a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)

  13. band(verb)

    a restraint put around something to hold it together

  14. band(verb)

    bind or tie together, as with a band

  15. ring, band(verb)

    attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify

    "ring birds"; "band the geese to observe their migratory patterns"


  1. band(Noun)

    A strip of material wrapped around things to hold them together.

  2. band(Noun)

    A strip along the spine of a book where the pages are attached.

  3. band(Noun)

    A group of musicians, especially (a) wind and percussion players, or (b) rock musicians.

  4. band(Noun)

    A type of orchestra originally playing janissary music; i.e. marching band.

  5. band(Noun)

    A group of people loosely united for a common purpose .

  6. band(Noun)

    A part of radio spectrum.

  7. band(Noun)

    A group of energy levels in a solid state material. Valence band, conduction band.

  8. band(Noun)

    A small group of people living in a simple society.

  9. band(Noun)

    A group of aboriginals that has official recognition as an organized unit by the federal government of Canada.

  10. band(Verb)

    To group together for a common purpose.

  11. band(Verb)

    To fasten together with a band.

  12. band(Verb)

    To fasten an identifying band around (a bird's) leg.

  13. Origin: From band (also bond), from beand, bænd, bend, from bandaz, from bʰendʰ-. Cognate with band, Band, bånd, band, bandur. Related to bond, bind, bend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Band(verb)

    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

  2. Band(verb)

    a continuous tablet, stripe, or series of ornaments, as of carved foliage, of color, or of brickwork, etc

  3. Band(verb)

    in Gothic architecture, the molding, or suite of moldings, which encircles the pillars and small shafts

  4. Band(verb)

    that which serves as the means of union or connection between persons; a tie

  5. Band(verb)

    a linen collar or ruff worn in the 16th and 17th centuries

  6. Band(verb)

    two strips of linen hanging from the neck in front as part of a clerical, legal, or academic dress

  7. Band(verb)

    a narrow strip of cloth or other material on any article of dress, to bind, strengthen, ornament, or complete it

  8. Band(verb)

    a company of persons united in any common design, especially a body of armed men

  9. Band(verb)

    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

  10. Band(verb)

    a space between elevated lines or ribs, as of the fruits of umbelliferous plants

  11. Band(verb)

    a stripe, streak, or other mark transverse to the axis of the body

  12. Band(verb)

    a belt or strap

  13. Band(verb)

    a bond

  14. Band(verb)

    pledge; security

  15. Band(verb)

    to bind or tie with a band

  16. Band(verb)

    to mark with a band

  17. Band(verb)

    to unite in a troop, company, or confederacy

  18. Band(verb)

    to confederate for some common purpose; to unite; to conspire together

  19. Band(verb)

    to bandy; to drive away

  20. Band

    imp. of Bind

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Band

    band, n. that by which loose things are held together: (fig.) a moral bond of restraint or of obligation: a tie or connecting piece: (pl.) shackles, bonds, fetters (B.): (arch.) an agreement or promise given: (arch.) security given: (Spens.) a pledge. [M. E. band, bond; A.S. bend, from bindan, to bind. See Bind.]

  2. Band

    band, n. a strip of cloth, or the like, to bind round anything, as a hat-band, waist-band, &c.: a stripe crossing a surface distinguished by its colour or appearance: the neck-band or collar of a shirt, also the collar or ruff worn by both sexes in the 17th century (termed a falling-band later, when turned down over the shoulders): (pl.) the pair of linen strips hanging down in front from the collar, worn by some Protestant clergymen and by English barristers.—n. Band′age, a strip or swathe of cloth used by surgeons to keep a part of the body at rest, to apply pressure, or to retain dressings or apparatus in position—the two chief varieties, the roller and the triangular handkerchief bandage: a piece of cloth used to blindfold the eyes.—v.t. to bind with such.—n. Band′box, a light kind of box for holding bands, caps, millinery, &c.—p.adj. Band′ed, fastened as with a band: striped with bands: leagued, allied.—ns. Band′fish, a name given to various kinds of fish with long, thin, flat bodies; Band′saw, an endless saw, consisting of a toothed steel belt; Band′ster, one who binds the sheaves after the reapers. [M. E. bande—O. Fr. bande, of Teut. origin; cf. A.S. bindan; Ger. binde, a band, Eng. Bind.]

  3. Band

    band, n. a number of persons bound together for any common purpose: a troop of conspirators, confederates, &c.: a body of musicians, the company of musicians attached to a particular regiment in the army: (Scot.) band = bond.—v.t. to bind together.—v.i. to associate, assemble, confederate.—ns. Band′master, the leader of a band of musicians; Bands′man, a member of a band of musicians; Band′-stand, a platform for accommodating a band of musicians.—Band of Hope, an association of young persons—often mere infants—pledged to lifelong abstinence from alcoholic drinks—first instituted about 1847. [Fr. bande, of Teut. origin; cf. Bend, Bind.]

  4. Band

    band, v.t. (Spens.) to ban or banish.

  5. Band

    an obsolete pa.t. of Bind.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'band' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1541

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'band' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2262

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'band' in Nouns Frequency: #539

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of band in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of band in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of band in a Sentence

  1. Charles Krauthammer:

    This is a Band-Aid.

  2. Charles Shinn:

    It's a band-aid to us.

  3. Scott Shellady:

    Just close it, take the Band-Aid off.

  4. Jenny Smith:

    Band-aiding can be bigger problem later.

  5. Trish Oliphant:

    We haven’t handed out so much as a Band-Aid.

Images & Illustrations of band

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Translations for band

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  • فرقةArabic
  • ҡайыш, таҫма, төркөмBashkir
  • колан, лента, оркестър, група, групирамBulgarian
  • tlupa, kapelaCzech
  • bandDanish
  • Band, Frequenzspektrum, Bande, Mannschaft, Blaskapelle, Musikkapelle, Stamm, Combo, Kapelle, Gruppe, Trupp, Marschkapelle, beringen, binden, verbindenGerman
  • ζώνη, ταινία, ράχη, ιμάντας, όμιλος, ορχήστρα, ομάδα, συγκρότημαGreek
  • bandoEsperanto
  • banda, cinta, pasmo, franja, grupoSpanish
  • ansambel, bändEstonian
  • بندPersian
  • aallonpituusalue, kaista, selkänauha, taajuusalue, nauha, vyö, aaltoalue, taajuuskaista, selys, joukko, soittokunta, yhtye, heimo, klaani, joukkio, torvisoittokunta, bändi, rengastaa, yhdistyä, sitoa, liittyäFinnish
  • groupeFrench
  • banda, cuireIrish
  • còmhlanScottish Gaelic
  • להקה, כנופיהHebrew
  • बैंडHindi
  • fascia, gruppo musicaleItalian
  • 条片, ストラップ, ストリップ, 楽団, バンドJapanese
  • nipilersortartutKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • 책의 고정축, 밴드, 대역폭, 그룹, 악단, 단체Korean
  • группа, узун тилим, илгичче, тасма, үйүр, бириктирүү, банда, лента, үйлөмө оркестр, байлоо, шайка, отряд, таңуу, аймак, байлаштыруу, сызма, марля, интервал, тайпа, байламта, байлагыч, диапазон, кичине кур, повязка, тилке, белюоочо, бандаж, каракчылар, кичине кемерчеKyrgyz
  • fasciaLatin
  • saite, lente, grupa, apsiet, sasietLatvian
  • pānaMāori
  • ببت, bebat, kumpulan gitar rancak, pancaragam, kugiranMalay
  • band, bende, zich verenigenDutch
  • bånd, bind, bande, korps, binde, ringmerkeNorwegian
  • grzbiet, pasmo, taśma, zespół muzyczny, banda, grupa muzyczna, zespółPolish
  • banda, cinta, faixa, grupoPortuguese
  • fașă, formațieRomanian
  • тесьма, обруч, полоса, полоска, манжетка, повязка, диапазон, лента, обод, банда, группа, шайка, оркестр, ансамбль, отрядRussian
  • bendSerbo-Croatian
  • snodd, band, snöre, bindel, förena, ringmärka, binda, gadda ihopSwedish
  • bendiSwahili
  • మోపుతాడుTelugu
  • bandaTagalog
  • musiganefVolapük

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