• Some of the Band Of Asiatics, With Their Beasts, Brought from KhnÛmhotpÛ
    Some of the Band Of Asiatics, With Their Beasts, Brought from KhnÛmhotpÛ
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v band attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify "ring birds","band the geese to observe their migratory patterns"
    • v band bind or tie together, as with a band
    • n band a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
    • n band an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material
    • n band a restraint put around something to hold it together
    • n band a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)
    • n band 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 band a driving belt in machinery
    • n band 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"
    • n band a stripe or stripes of contrasting color "chromosomes exhibit characteristic bands","the black and yellow banding of bees and wasps"
    • n band a cord-like tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure
    • n band a range of frequencies between two limits
    • n band an unofficial association of people or groups "the smart set goes there","they were an angry lot"
    • n band instrumentalists not including string players
    • n band a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Band-Saw Band-Saw
Double-Carrying Telescopic Band-Mill Double-Carrying Telescopic Band-Mill
The boys play their 'instruments' in the band The boys play their 'instruments' in the band
Chief of a band. Absaroka and Arikara Chief of a band. Absaroka and Arikara
Chief of a band. Pai-Ute Chief of a band. Pai-Ute
On the Band Wagon On the Band Wagon
Large band saw Large band saw

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated
    • Band imp. of Bind.
    • Band (Mech) A belt or strap.
    • Band A bond. "Thy oath and band ."
    • Band A company of persons united in any common design, especially a body of armed men. "Troops of horsemen with his bands of foot."
    • Band (Arch) A continuous tablet, stripe, or series of ornaments, as of carved foliage, of color, or of brickwork, etc.
    • Band 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."
    • Band A linen collar or ruff worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
    • Band 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."
    • Band 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; as, a high school's marching band .
    • Band (Bot) A space between elevated lines or ribs, as of the fruits of umbelliferous plants.
    • Band (Zoöl) A stripe, streak, or other mark transverse to the axis of the body.
    • Band (Arch) In Gothic architecture, the molding, or suite of moldings, which encircles the pillars and small shafts.
    • Band Pledge; security.
    • Band That which serves as the means of union or connection between persons; a tie. "To join in Hymen's bands ."
    • v. t Band To bandy; to drive away.
    • Band To bind or tie with a band.
    • v. i Band To confederate for some common purpose; to unite; to conspire together. "Certain of the Jews banded together."
    • Band To mark with a band.
    • Band To unite in a troop, company, or confederacy. "Banded against his throne."
    • Band Two strips of linen hanging from the neck in front as part of a clerical, legal, or academic dress.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The music group Simply Red got its name from band member Mick Hucknall, who has red hair
    • n band 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 band That by which loose things of the same or a similar kind are bound together. Specifically— The tie of straw used in binding sheaves of wheat or other grain.
    • n band That which connects; a connecting piece, or means of connection; that which connects or unites the several parts of a complex thing.
    • n band Specifically— In logic, the copula.
    • n band The metallic sleeve which binds the barrel and stock of a musket together.
    • n band One of two pieces of iron fastened to the bows of a saddle to keep them in place.
    • n band A leaden came. See came.
    • n band A hyphen.
    • n band A binding or uniting power or influence: as, a band of union.
    • n band An obligation imposing reciprocal, legal, or moral duties: as, the nuptial bands.
    • n band A binding promise or agreement; a bond or security given.
    • n band A surety; a bondsman.
    • n band A covenant or league.
    • n band 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 band Anything resembling a band in form or function. A bandage; specifically, a swaddling-band.
    • n band The form of collar commonly worn by men and women in the seventeenth century in western Europe. It was originally starched, and fixed in a half-erect position, nearly like the ruff, which it superseded, and was often of lace and of immense size. Afterward it was turned down over the shoulders, and called a falling-band.
    • n band The linen ornament worn about the neck, with the ends hanging down in front, by certain Protestant clergymen. It was prescribed by Queen Elizabeth as a part of the every-day dress of Anglican ecclesiastics.
    • n band In mining, a layer of rock interstratified with the coal; sometimes, as in Cumberland, England, the coal itself.
    • n band A company of persons, especially a body of armed men; a company of soldiers, or of persons united for any purpose.
    • n band 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 band A collection of animals of any kind, as a drove of cattle or horses, or a flock of sheep.
    • band To unite in a troop, company, or confederacy: generally reflexive.
    • band To unite; associate; confederate for some common purpose.
    • n band 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 band An obsolete or Scotch preterit of bind.
    • band To interdict; banish.
    • band Same as bandy.
    • n band A weight equal to about 2 ounces troy, in use in western Africa for weighing gold-dust.
    • n band In botany, the band-like space between the two mericarps of a cremocarp.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were all once the lead guitarist for the English band the Yardbirds in the 1960's.
    • n Band band that by which loose things are held together: : : : :
    • n Band band 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):
    • v.t Band to bind with such
    • n Band band 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:
    • v.t Band to bind together
    • v.i Band to associate, assemble, confederate
    • v.t Band band (Spens.) to ban or banish.
    • pa.t Band an obsolete of Bind.
    • n Band band (fig.) a moral bond of restraint or of obligation: a tie or connecting piece
    • n Band band (pl.) shackles, bonds, fetters (B.)
    • n Band band (arch.) an agreement or promise given
    • n Band band (arch.) security given
    • n Band band (Spens.) a pledge.
    • n Band band (pl.) the pair of linen strips hanging down in front from the collar, worn by some Protestant clergymen and by English barristers
    • n Band band (Scot.) band = bond
    • ***


  • George Santayana
    “It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.”
  • Edith Wharton
    “Mrs. Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet it alone.”
  • Yiddish Proverb
    Yiddish Proverb
    “The girl who can't dance says the band can't play.”
  • Peter Gabriel
    Peter Gabriel
    “As the band got more successful, it was increasingly difficult to get people to take a risk with something that might jeopardize their livelihood. [On Genesis]”
  • Malcolm Mclaren
    Malcolm Mclaren
    “Rock and roll doesn't necessarily mean a band. It doesn't mean a singer, and it doesn't mean a lyric, really. It's that question of trying to be immortal.”
  • Charles A. Garfield
    Charles A. Garfield
    “It takes no genius to observe that a one man band never gets very big.”


One-man band - If one person does all the work or has all the responsibility somewhere, then they are a one-man band.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. band, bond, Icel. band,; akin to G., Sw., & D. band, OHG. bant, Goth. bandi, 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,. √90. See Bind (v. t.), and cf. Bend Bond, 1st Bandy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bande, of Teut. origin; cf. Bend, Bind.


In literature:

The band would be appalled at such rudeness.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
He was one of that innumerable band whom Pan had helped in some way or other.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
A very important part of his command consisted of a band of dragoons, thirty or forty in number, under the leadership of De Soto.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
The band should be from half a nail to a nail broad; its length is to be determined by the waist of the wearer.
"The Ladies' Work-Table Book" by Anonymous
Seventeen of their little band died, and there was hardly strength left with the survivors to dig their graves.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
The rest of his band are down there now.
"Two Arrows" by William O. Stoddard
Part way down the cliff I found the tracks of the big ram leader of the band.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
This was the band's new headquarters.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
Batteries equipped with two pilot cells have one cell which contains a white ball and the other cell a white ball with a blue band.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Why not join our band?
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham

In poetry:

There was one a-riding grand
On a tall brown mare,
And a fine gold band
He brought me there.
"There Was One" by Dorothy Parker
Thou labour'dst to secure
Freedom in this great land,
Not only to the white,
But to the colour'd band.
"Lines Inscribed To Benjamin Lundy, Esq." by Benjamin Cutler Clark
John Gilpin was a citizen
Of credit and renown,
A train-band captain eke was he
Of famous London town.
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
The twelfth, who was reputed
The wisest of the band,
Knew what was going forward
In every foreign land.
"The Heroes Of Dovrefeld (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
There was one a-riding grand
As he rode from me.
And he raised his golden band
And he threw it in the sea.
"There Was One" by Dorothy Parker
Another link's been broken,
By death's relentless hand;
A daughter has been taken,
The eldest of the band.
"Reminiscences Of The Departed" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow

In news:

Band director Vern Fosket (center, wearing tie) helps lead the Sequim High School band through downtown Seattle as part of the Macy's 24th annual Holiday Parade on Friday, Nov 27.
Both the Calaveras County Community Band and the Great Mother Lode Brass & Reed Band are looking for additional members.
For more information about the Uptown String Band go to or search Uptown String Band on Facebook.
Artist / Band: Yonder Mountain String Band .
The Yonder Mountain String Band are a jam band, but one without the typical electric instruments.
Dave Johnston – Banjo Player with Yonder Mountain String Band – stopped by the WFPK studio before the band's performance at Headliners on Oct 9th.
Artist / Band: Yonder Mountain String Band.
Synthesis Band You've Never Heard of Band of the Day: Crocodile.
Standard-Times/Jennifer Rios Ozona High School marching band drum major Chris Cantu directs band members Saturday during the San Angelo Marching Festival.
There a lot of bands that get saddled with the "next Radiohead" tag, and doubly so if those bands happen to be British.
The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center is hosting The Reunion Band, which includes original members of the 1960s band The Prophets , on Saturday, January 22, during Music Walk.
Starting in the early 80s Argentina's Gustavo Cerati and his band Soda Stereo put rock en espanol on the map, self-consciously remaking the sound and look of bands like U2, the Police, and Simple Minds.
Band director Charles Faulkner describes the Los Alamos High School Marching Band as success oriented - "They want to be the best," he said.
"We're a band, and bands just work it out together.".
Opening Band For Bon Jovi– Vote For Your Favorite Band.

In science:

As a consequence, the number of degeneracies in Γ-(001) direction (c-direction) differs from all other calculations (11 different bands instead of 8 different bands allowed by the crystal symmetry).
On the electronic structure of CaCuO2 and SrCuO2
One should note that the occurrence of van-Hove singularities at the band edges of the antibonding band, due to the nearly one-dimensional electronic structure of the compound, depends critically on the sufficiently large Nk used in the calculation.
On the electronic structure of CaCuO2 and SrCuO2
The solid lines are the correct bands, the dashed lines show the interpolated bands for the k points given by the open circles.
On the electronic structure of CaCuO2 and SrCuO2
The Hamiltonian In the following we will consider a generic Hamiltonian for fermions on a lattice, where for simplicity we describe the kinetic energy term by a one band tight binding model; it is straightforward to extend this formulation to a many-band or continuum system.
Reactive Hall response
If the Lk l vanish outside a band |k − l| > p (as is the case for V (x) given by a polynomial of order p), the coefficients Tik are nonzero only inside a band i − k < M < 2p.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles