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[n] something elongated that is worn around the body or one of the limbs
[n] a strip or stripe of a contrasting color or material
[n] put around something to hold it together
[n] jewelry consisting of a circular band of a precious metal worn on the finger; "she had rings on every finger"
[n] a stripe of contrasting color; "chromosomes exhibit characteristic bands"
[n] a range of frequencies between two limits
[n] an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
[n] instrumentalists not including string players
[n] a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing
[v] bind or tie together, as with a band

Misc. Definitions

\Band\ (b[a^]nd), n. [OE. band, bond, Icel. band; akin to G., Sw., & D. band, OHG. bant, Goth. banti, Skr. bandha a binding, bandh to bind, for bhanda, bhandh, also to E. bend, bind. In sense 7, at least, it is fr. F. bande, from OHG. bant. [root]90 See {Bind}, v. t., and cf. {Bend}, {Bond}, 1st {Bandy}.]
1. 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. Every one's bands were loosed. --Acts xvi. 2
2. (Arch.) (a) A continuous tablet, stripe, or series of ornaments, as of carved foliage, of color, or of brickwork, etc. (b) In Gothic architecture, the molding, or suite of moldings, which encircles the pillars and small shafts.
3. That which serves as the means of union or connection between persons; a tie. ``To join in Hymen's bands.'' --Shak.
4. A linen collar or ruff worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
5. pl. Two strips of linen hanging from the neck in front as part of a clerical, legal, or academic dress.
6. A narrow strip of cloth or other material on any article of dress, to bind, strengthen, ornament, or complete it. ``Band and gusset and seam.'' --Hood.
7. A company of persons united in any common design, especially a body of armed men. Troops of horsemen with his bands of foot. --Shak.
8. 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.
9. (Bot.) A space between elevated lines or ribs, as of the fruits of umbelliferous plants.
10. (Zo["o]l.) A stripe, streak, or other mark transverse to the axis of the body. 1
1. (Mech.) A belt or strap. 1
2. A bond [Obs.] ``Thy oath and band.'' --Shak. 1
3. Pledge; security. [Obs.] --Spenser. {Band saw}, a saw in the form of an endless steel belt, with teeth on one edge, running over wheels.
\Band\ (b[a^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Banded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Banding}.]
1. To bind or tie with a band.
2. To mark with a band.
3. To unite in a troop, company, or confederacy. ``Banded against his throne.'' --Milton. {Banded architrave}, {pier}, {shaft}, etc. (Arch.), an architrave, pier, etc., of which the regular profile is interrupted by blocks or projections crossing it at right angles.
\Band\, v. i. To confederate for some common purpose; to unite; to conspire together. Certain of the Jews banded together. --Acts xxiii. 1
\Band\, v. t. To bandy; to drive away. [Obs.]
\Band\, imp. of {Bind}. [Obs.]

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