Main definitions of band in English

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noun

  • 1A flat, thin strip or loop of material, used as a fastener, for reinforcement, or as decoration:

    ‘wads of banknotes fastened with gummed paper bands’
    ‘Victoria settled the velvet band on her hair’
    • ‘Looking at the side of the fan reveals a thin band of conductive material encircling the fan surround and connecting to the power cord.’
    • ‘I asked him, shifting in my seat uncomfortably before playing with the paper band on my wrist.’
    • ‘The bands - flat and wide or thin and round, with varying degrees of resistance - can be knotted and looped around furniture.’
    • ‘Wayne pointed the thin black band on his wrist at the wall.’
    • ‘Regal red and gold robes hung from his large frame, and his fiery hair almost covered the thin band of a golden crown surrounding his head.’
    • ‘Thoroughly wash and rinse the glass jars, lids, the rubber rings and metal bands that secure the lids; add some bleach to the wash water to disinfect.’
    • ‘Dizzying balconies hang from its upper floors, and the tower is exquisitely carved with decorative bands and inscriptions from the Koran.’
    • ‘Only a thin band wrapping around the back of my head, roughly at ear level, glows yellow.’
    • ‘She slipped thin bands of stretchy brown material onto Brenna's braids.’
    • ‘The bands come in thin, large and jumbo elastics to handle the finest strands to thick hair.’
    • ‘He looked around and saw what he was looking for, a band of thin electrical wire.’
    • ‘Around my forehead was a thin blood red band of velvet material.’
    • ‘When I looked closer, I could see that the thin bands were fused in the middle.’
    • ‘Round Syal's wrist is a thin band, a gaga, that represents a Diwali prayer.’
    • ‘There was an endemic at the school, and for a while all the girls were going in with their hair up in bands.’
    • ‘Shrugging, I retrieved it from her, fastening the dark band of material around my head.’
    • ‘All that I had to do was ask the other girls to tie a little band around it then loop it around.’
    • ‘YogaBand uses resistance bands that are flat, four to six inches wide, without handles and approximately five to six feet long.’
    • ‘Tobacco products for sale in duty-free shops will be sold only with a ‘for duty free only’ stamp rather than with special paper bands.’
    • ‘The decorative band of stonework around the hall has been restored and one of the final jobs will be the installation of a new flagpole on the balcony at the front of the building.’
    belt, sash, girdle, strap, tape, ring, hoop, loop, circlet, circle, cord, tie, string, thong, ribbon, fillet, strip
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    1. 1.1 A plain ring for the finger, especially a gold wedding ring:
      ‘a narrow band of gold was her only jewellery’
      • ‘Sure enough, there on her ring finger was a gold band with a modest diamond mounted in the center.’
      • ‘After the vows are said, the Orthodox groom places a plain gold band on the ring finger of his bride's right hand.’
      • ‘Mr. Reubens twisted the simple band of gold once, twice, three times to the right upon his left fourth finger.’
      • ‘He hoped she saw the gold band on his left ring finger as he felt her gaze on him.’
      • ‘She wore no jewelry save the band of white gold on one of her fingers, a ring that once belonged to her mother.’
      • ‘Angela looked over at Jacob and noticed the gold band on his finger.’
      • ‘A band of gold seals the wedding vows, and fifty years later the metal valorizes the most exalted anniversary of married bliss.’
      • ‘So I've got little white patches, a white stripe across my wrist where the bracelet goes, and a white band around my wedding finger.’
      • ‘He seemed strong, but before he could hide it, Aspen saw the gold band encircling his ring finger.’
      • ‘What do we expect when we slip that band of gold on our finger?’
      • ‘I know I am losing weight because my wedding ring and bands are very loose - so much so they are starting to bug me.’
      • ‘He held up his left hand, which held a gold band on his left finger.’
      • ‘He exhaled a sigh of contentment as he glanced at the gold band that encompassed the ring finger of his left hand.’
      • ‘She bought the gold and diamond band as an engagement ring for Hirsch, and planned to present it to him over a picnic lunch at the beach.’
      • ‘He slid the solid band of gold onto her finger, and then slipped her engagement ring back on her.’
      • ‘He twirled the gold band, Helen's wedding ring, around on the tip of his little finger, before sliding it down to the knuckle.’
      • ‘The other was small, dainty and was little more than a band of gold with a ruby set in the front of it.’
      • ‘I caught a glimpse of an enormous diamond on a band of gold and my stomach dropped.’
      • ‘A fat, hot, salty tear rolled slowly down her pale, colour ridden cheek as she played with the plain gold band upon her finger.’
      • ‘The one approaching her was about nineteen or twenty, and she also had a gold band on her ring finger.’
      circle, circlet, round, loop, hoop, circuit, halo, disc
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    2. 1.2North American Ornithology A ring of metal placed round a bird's leg to identify it:
      ‘look for a leg band on the osprey’
      • ‘Some plastic band loss occurred, and we treated birds with partial plastic bands as being of unknown identity when recaptured.’
      • ‘To get an idea of what's going on in the bird world, it's not necessary to slap a band on every bird's leg, he said.’
      • ‘We placed a metal band on one leg of each bird and a unique pair of colored bands on the other.’
      • ‘Adult birds were caught in mist nets and marked with a unique combination of three colored leg bands and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service band.’
      • ‘Each was banded with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife aluminum band and three colored leg bands in unique combinations.’
      • ‘They were fitted with metal leg bands before release.’
      • ‘Upon capture, birds were fitted with individually colored plastic leg bands and immediately released at their point of capture.’
      • ‘All the birds in clinic have bands on their legs so when they are taken out of a flight room you can tell them apart.’
      • ‘Males also were banded with a unique combination of three colored plastic leg bands (total of four bands, two per leg).’
      • ‘Upon capture, each male received a unique set of two colored plastic bands to allow individual identification during dominance trials.’
      • ‘All trapped birds were given a unique combination of colored plastic leg bands that identified the year, site, and individual bird.’
      • ‘All birds were banded with numbered aluminum leg bands and identified by sex and age (if possible).’
      • ‘The numbers on the metal bands allowed us to identify individuals from distances up to 40 m.’
      • ‘They were given permanent metal colored bands on the last nest-visit when the A nestling was 32 days old.’
      • ‘Without even looking at their leg bands, we can tell which birds belong to which family, simply by listening to their sounds.’
      • ‘Before eggs were laid, we trapped adults in their nest boxes and banded them with aluminum Canadian Wildlife Service bands and colored plastic leg bands.’
      • ‘The first record of a metal band being attached to a bird's leg was in 1595.’
      • ‘Now, researchers are using stronger bands to track birds like these long-lived albatross.’
      • ‘We marked all birds with uniquely colored leg bands to permit individual identification.’
      • ‘Nestlings were initially given only metal bands and were banded with color rings if they then remained in the study population.’
    3. 1.3 A belt or strap transmitting motion between two wheels or pulleys.
      • ‘Much admired for his skill at carpentry, Tade made horses and donkeys carts and put bands on the wheels of carts.’
      • ‘You can try to raise the cylinders higher in the cylinder-twinning bands, which will bring the valves higher up, making access easier.’
      • ‘Spool the band around the axle, place the racer on the floor and get ready for a speedy trip when you release the rear wheels.’
      • ‘In the early years the wheels had iron bands, so it was a fairly jolty ride to school.’
      • ‘Start with a pulley or elastic resistance band set at shoulder height.’
    4. 1.4bands A collar with two hanging strips, worn by certain lawyers, clerics, and academics as part of their formal dress:
      ‘I'm wearing clerical bands, which are a sign of my office’
      • ‘The early colonists named it the “Parson bird,” in allusion to the peculiar tufts of white feathers that adorn its throat, and their fancied resemblance to the clerical bands.’
      • ‘There was a great accumulation of them near his clerical bands, on which the abundant folds of his red skin were resting.’
      • ‘As the Revolution developed, he became "a zealous Whig" who served in the Continental Congress, the only member who wore clerical bands in 1776.’
  • 2A stripe, line, or elongated area of a different colour, texture, or composition from its surroundings:

    ‘a long, narrow band of cloud’
    • ‘He was wearing a dark woolly hat and a black top with a white band across the chest.’
    • ‘The cloud bands move at different speeds, and their irregularities may be due to either the different motions between them or to disturbances below the visible cloud layer.’
    • ‘These are used by the two players to move the ball back and forth on the pitch, which is divided into 5 metre bands.’
    • ‘The space is meticulously defined - divided into four horizontal bands; held taut by the emphatic vertical of a single cypress tree.’
    • ‘Thick fibrous bands were noted dividing lymph nodes into nodules of varied size.’
    • ‘Juveniles have colored bands above the pectoral fins that change to a spot when the fish mature.’
    • ‘In usual Smart style, a contrasting band of colour surrounds the side doors.’
    • ‘Farmers grow their crops across a thin band of land in the southernmost part of the country.’
    • ‘The walls were divided into three horizontal bands, each running the full length of the room and half its width.’
    • ‘The courthouse is divided into three parallel bands or zones that extend down its long axis.’
    • ‘In fact, this band right you can see right along the Rio River, that's dumping about two to three inches of rain per hour.’
    • ‘They are also aided in avoiding detection by dark bands and patches of dorsal color which act as a form of camouflage when the fish is viewed from above, especially by birds.’
    • ‘The main entrance to the complex is on St Andrew Square, set within a vertical band of glazed curtain walling that runs the full height of the building.’
    • ‘These bands were separated by thin lines of much paler paint.’
    • ‘Like all gobies it has two distinct dorsal fins, and a distinguishing feature of this species is that the front fin has a pale band at its top.’
    • ‘He was wearing a dark top with a horizontal band across it.’
    • ‘The blue line intersecting the orange band of the 401 in the lower left indicates the ravine and the site of the crash.’
    • ‘On a notable day in July the cub was snoozing with his sisters within the band of trees, ears alert for danger signals.’
    • ‘Using arrangements of thin intersecting bands he found he could create the illusion of a third or fourth colour.’
    • ‘They were a soft light blue, with intense dark lines reaching to the outer rims and aqua bands around her pupils.’
    stripe, strip, streak, line, bar, belt, swathe, vein, thread, flash
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    1. 2.1 A narrow stratum of rock or coal:
      ‘the band of limestone continues north on the same contour’
      • ‘The rock also comprises feldspar-rich bands aligned parallel to the main fabric.’
      • ‘The marble also contains thin bands and lenses of gneiss, often in boudinage structure.’
      • ‘These dates are only applicable to stage boundaries and no dates are available for marine bands and coals used to correlate sections at sub-stage level.’
      • ‘In these conditions a progressive development of lattice preferred orientation from the low-strained limestone layers to the highly strained bands was observed.’
      • ‘They have been referred to as microfaults, cataclastic slip bands, braided shear fractures, granulation seams or band faults.’
      • ‘It occurs as nodules and thin bands and sometimes replaces organic material in marine fossils.’
      • ‘The deformation bands found in sandstone dykes and sills are true cataclastic deformation bands.’
      • ‘There are also thin bands of mylonitic augen gneiss.’
      • ‘There may also be one or two bands of ‘marker’, a mixture of substances of known molecular weight, to act as a guide to the apparent molecular weight of material in the other bands.’
      • ‘A sandstone dyke-sill complex was intruded into a sequence of black mudstones and decimetre-thick bands of limestone.’
      • ‘These secondary shear bands form only in strongly foliated rocks and deform fabrics developed earlier in the same deformation event.’
      • ‘The crystallized barite at this location occurs in several closely spaced bands of calcite-cemented septarian concretions.’
      • ‘Folding of a shear zone after its formation may explain systematic variations in the orientations of the main foliation, shear bands and mineral lineation.’
      • ‘A few of these develop up to centimetre-wide cataclastic bands and show a systematic right-lateral sense of shear.’
      • ‘Abundant kink bands deforming foliation and stretching lineation occur in swarms.’
      • ‘Type I corresponds to the less deformed limestone, which contains cataclasite bands, veins and, at times, preserved sedimentary fabrics.’
      • ‘The volcano-sedimentary sequence is characterized by lava flows alternating with grey shales and occasional red chert bands.’
      • ‘What you see are just the edges of dykes and sills - narrow bands of rock where the stuff has poured into cracks in the surrounding rock and solidified.’
      • ‘Many of the gneisses in such areas were largely of mixed aspect, with bands of metamorphic rock interleaved with others of more granitic nature.’
      • ‘It typically shows graded bedding and cross laminae, and contains occasional pelite and psammite bands.’
  • 3A range of values or a specified category within a series (used especially in financial contexts):

    ‘your home was placed in one of eight valuation bands’
    • ‘It is my understanding that work is going on to put the results within bands, rather than having the extremes of variability that have occurred.’
    • ‘Once your income exceeds this tax-free figure, a series of tax bands then comes into play.’
    • ‘Feelings are running high as HSE management are determined to limit rises at the top of all pay bands to 0.5 percent per year for three years.’
    • ‘Sheffield has decided to limit its support to needs falling within the first two bands, that is to say critical and substantial.’
    • ‘Within the bands there are some excellent performances in key areas, indeed some where we are first in the country.’
    • ‘You must bid only within the price band and in multiples mentioned.’
    • ‘It is also important to note that whereas women save more than men within specific income bands, women earn less than men, and therefore save less.’
    • ‘Unless the currency's par value is changed suddenly, foreign exchange transactions are based on the existing par value and fluctuations within the specified bands.’
    • ‘The question in any given case is whether a parental veto comes within the band of possible reasonable decisions and not whether it is right or mistaken.’
    • ‘It is Mr Rose's contention that the tribunal should have made an award at or much closer to the top of the band, £25,000.’
    • ‘But without a relative increase in the top band of income tax, a cut in fuel duty will only enhance the poverty gap, a gap that Labour is yet to decrease.’
    • ‘The city council asked late last year for new bands at the top and bottom ends of the scale, which would have seen the wealthy paying more and the poorest paying less.’
    • ‘The possible values of energy are found to lie within a series of bands.’
    • ‘The contribution from the state will be divided into three bands which amount to £35, £70 or £110 per week.’
    • ‘None falls into the bottom band, and 53 are in the top band.’
    • ‘The next option is to publish broader salary bands, within £10,000 or more.’
    • ‘The survey was of those who had received damages within four bands.’
    • ‘They said that, for the second year running, Mr McCreevy did not adjust tax bands to keep in line with inflation.’
    • ‘However the 2004 scheme will include increases to the size of priority category bands.’
    • ‘Other examples of the bands within which zero premium collars are available are shown in the table, provided by AIB.’
    1. 3.1 A range of frequencies or wavelengths in a spectrum:
      ‘channels in the UHF band’
      • ‘The software subsequently generates RMS wavefront data for these frequency bands.’
      • ‘UV-B is the band of lowest wavelength and highest energy that penetrates the ozone layer of the stratosphere.’
      • ‘All the sub-streams are transmitted in the same frequency band, so spectrum is used very efficiently.’
      • ‘The new images show Titan's atmosphere and surface at various near-infrared spectral bands.’
      • ‘Many applications need fast readout, high-precision synchronization, and high sensitivity in defined spectral bands.’
      • ‘Short and long refer to the short and long wavelength bands, respectively.’
      • ‘Quantum dots can be designed to fluoresce in a wide range of wavelength bands.’
      • ‘The wireless technology can transmit digital data over a wide spectrum of frequency bands with very low power.’
      • ‘Possible applications may range from spectroscopy to wavelength generation in bands not easily accessible at present.’
      • ‘The portrait of a galaxy could thus include information about its appearance in these other bands of the electromagnetic spectrum.’
      • ‘Still, to be truly useful, devices should operate at telecom wavelengths or across broader spectral bands.’
      • ‘In the visible, three spectral bands corresponding to blood absorption can be indicated.’
      • ‘Multiple images of a single field-of-view are captured in more than three wavelength bands in this range.’
      • ‘The input light comprises a plurality of wavelength bands or optical channels of light, each of which are centered at a respective channel wavelength.’
      • ‘An image is decomposed into a collection of sub-sampled spatial frequency bands, known as subbands.’
      • ‘Crowded spectrum bands are the biggest problem.’
      • ‘Commercial adoption is expected to accelerate after this summer, when new standards will be introduced to regulate radio frequency bands.’
      • ‘Today's multiband antennas are physically too large to carry if they have to support a very wide range of frequency bands.’
      • ‘Numerous manufacturers offer products that meet these requirements in one or more frequency bands.’
      • ‘The spectrum of B. maxima, with its pronounced 470 nm band, resembled the excitation spectra for the emission bands from PS II.’
    2. 3.2 Any of several groups into which school pupils of the same age are divided on the basis of broadly similar ability:
      ‘the top band of pupils’
      • ‘All applicants to the school will take a test, with the children then divided into nine ability bands.’
      • ‘The results of this assessment divide pupils into five bands.’
      • ‘That's one top prize for each of the three age bands in both categories.’
      • ‘This can happen even where the academy supposedly has a fair admissions system of taking children from different bands (ranges of academic achievement).’
      • ‘The top band is much closer to average earnings than it used to be.’
  • 4archaic A thing that restrains, binds, or unites:

    ‘must I fall, and die in bands?’
    • ‘I walked to the library slowly, as if shambling, for my heart is bound with iron bands like the faithful servant in that old tale.’
    • ‘Her powers swelled, thrashed, fighting the bands of black that imprisoned them, nowhere near as invincible as the Psirons had been.’
    • ‘He comes out bound with bands and a cloth over his head.’
    • ‘In this context, the insistence we noted earlier on cutting the restraining bands upon the hands and feet of the deceased before interment has a clear significance.’
    • ‘However, at some point before the funeral, as we were informed, these restraining bands are always removed.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Provide or fit (an object) with something in the form of a strip or ring, for reinforcement or decoration:

    ‘doors are banded with iron to make them stronger’
    • ‘Across from him, there was a wooden door, banded with black iron.’
    • ‘The outer edges of these Audi floor mats are coil-stitched and are not banded to provide endurance.’
    1. 1.1North American Ornithology Put a band on (a bird) for identification:
      ‘the map shows where starlings banded in Holland were later recovered’
      • ‘Breeding Black Brant have been banded at that site since 1986, providing a large sample of identifiable females on which to measure repeatability.’
      • ‘If a bird was banded as a nestling, its age was known.’
      • ‘The first bird that I saw banded was a calliope hummingbird.’
      • ‘Another possibility is that the bird had a genetic problem with its heart and it had heart failure from the stress of being banded.’
      • ‘Most birds are color banded for individual identification, and blood samples have been collected for all banded birds since 1990.’
      • ‘For birds that were banded after arrival, we assumed that they had arrived and begun fasting on Oct 20 for males and Oct 25 for females.’
      • ‘All nestlings were banded, which enabled a study of recruitment to the breeding population.’
      • ‘Birds did not switch far from their original territory, and most territorial birds were banded in the vicinity of the removal experiments.’
      • ‘Nestlings were initially given only metal bands and were banded with color rings if they then remained in the study population.’
      • ‘In 16 adjacent territories, where nearly all birds were banded, 34 birds disappeared during 8 years.’
      • ‘Birds were banded with U. S. Fish and Wildlife bands and a unique combination of color bands, which allowed me to identify individuals at a distance.’
      • ‘Only after the ornithologists began banding birds on a large scale did their migration patterns begin to come into focus.’
      • ‘UK ornithologists are able to keep track of these aged avians because the birds are banded, or in British vernacular, ringed.’
      • ‘Each bird was uniquely banded with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service numbered band and three anodized aluminum color bands.’
      • ‘When 14 days old, nestlings were banded and weighed to the nearest 0.05 g.’
      • ‘However, after previously unbanded birds were banded during nesting, the understanding of territory boundaries and number of territories never changed.’
      • ‘Sex of hatching-year birds and age of adults could not be determined, except when birds that had been banded as nestlings or juveniles later returned to the study area as adults.’
      • ‘Nearly all of these birds were banded as chicks or juveniles at or near breeding colonies.’
      • ‘All birds were banded with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aluminum band, and all adults were marked with unique combinations of colored leg bands for individual identification.’
      • ‘We also present data from several 1-year-old birds banded as nestlings and recaptured the following breeding season.’
  • 2Mark (something) with a stripe or stripes of a different colour:

    ‘the bird's bill is banded across the middle with black’
    ‘banded agate’
    • ‘These are delicate, feathery to fuzzy-looking fingers and differ from the more stalactitic and concentrically banded forms that probably result from a different process.’
    • ‘The collection today has eight vases executed by the Baroviers in calcedonio glass, which imitates chalcedony, banded agate, and other semiprecious stones.’
    • ‘Subtly impressive was the beautifully banded agate Mughal fly whisk handle, tipped with a garnet on an amber collar and inset with emeralds.’
    • ‘The legs are banded in cream and maroon, the spines on top of the body are orange at the base and green at the tip, and the general effect is like that of a delicately coloured butterfly.’
    • ‘The CD also contains a photo gallery of 54 ornamental fishes, especially the attractive and colourful varieties like Scarlet banded barb and Rosy barb.’
  • 3British Allocate to a range or category (used especially in financial contexts):

    ‘single adults in a property banded above D will pay more’
    • ‘Thousands of York residents were bracing themselves for higher bills following an overhaul of council tax banding levels, which are currently based on 1991 house prices.’
    • ‘However, the Liberal Democrat member said residents in York should brace themselves for higher bills when banding levels based on 1991 house prices are finally overhauled.’
    • ‘The qualifying weekly income figure will be different for a lower or higher banded property.’
    1. 3.1 Group (school pupils) into classes or sets for teaching purposes:
      ‘the infants are banded in terms of their ability’

Origin

Late Old English (in band), from Old Norse, reinforced in late Middle English by Old French bande, of Germanic origin; related to bind.

Pronunciation:

band

/band/

Main definitions of band in English

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noun

  • 1A group of people who have a common interest or purpose or who share a common feature:

    ‘a band of eminent British researchers’
    • ‘After independence, the bands of the army and the police used to perform for the public on Sunday evenings but this practice was discontinued.’
    • ‘But she adds that every time she tries to sell her house, prospective buyers are scared away by the bands of drug dealers circulating out front.’
    • ‘In March, army forces put down simultaneous uprisings by small bands of fighters in the capital, in what appeared to be either a failed coup or a mutiny.’
    • ‘The bands of excited children who walked behind local militiamen heading to battle in the fall now clamor around machinery laying down new water pipes.’
    • ‘His plans had required a dexterity that would serve him well when he came to supervise his own band of postgraduates later.’
    • ‘Among the gathering crowd, roving bands of reporters snatch interviews and roll tape in an effort to capsulize the purpose of the ride for a future sound byte.’
    • ‘In one strange variant, a princess at home alone beheads each one of a band of robbers as they creep in through a hole in the wall, but the robber chief escapes with only a head wound.’
    • ‘Finally, why haven't the police gone after some of these small bands of ‘anarchists’?’
    • ‘He threw his 800 men head-on against a position meticulously prepared by the three bands of Seminoles waiting there.’
    • ‘A small wood nestling in a Pennine valley has won a top award for a band of tree-planting volunteers.’
    • ‘After Napoleon lost finally at Waterloo, his army disintegrated into bands of brigands who raised Hell for a long time.’
    • ‘The hoodlums are smart but not too smart, and the movie sets up a pretty fair match of wits and gun-power among the various bands of ne'er-do-wells.’
    • ‘The band was divided into ten small groups, each covering a certain area of the city.’
    • ‘All three armed services sent detachments, bands and chiefs of staff, who were accompanied by police and relatives.’
    • ‘The band was finally forced to surrender only 30 miles short of reaching safety in Canada.’
    • ‘The administration of bulk supplies also is much easier than if small bands of fighters were dispatched to loot and acquire local produce and livestock.’
    • ‘The whole of the Sikh army had been divided into bands, which were headed by a leader who was known as Jathedar.’
    • ‘Even worse, it wasn't unheard of for foreign expatriates or discharged soldiers to form bands of brigands that terrorized lonely travelers.’
    group, gang, mob, pack, troop, troupe, company, party, bevy, crew, body, working party, posse
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    1. 1.1Anthropology A subgroup of a tribe:
      ‘Philip was born a Shushwap Indian, part of the Little Shushwap band’
      • ‘Social mechanisms like marriage and exogamy ensured that individual bands, tribes, or clans operated within systems that extended over vast distances.’
      • ‘Tribes are larger than bands, numbering up to a few thousand people, and they tend to be settled farmers, though some are pastoralists with a mobile economy.’
      • ‘Some live in thriving communities, while others are just small tribes or bands.’
      • ‘All Inuit bands speak very closely related dialects of this language family.’
    2. 1.2 (in Canada) a First Nations community that is officially recognized by the federal government, having an elected government with authority over internal affairs and acknowledged rights to a tract of land:
      ‘the legislation requires aboriginal communities to post their band's financial statements online’
      [as modifier] ‘band members have an aboriginal right to fish in the river’
  • 2A small group of musicians and vocalists who play pop, jazz, or rock music:

    ‘the band's last two albums’
    ‘a local band’
    • ‘Not that I wanted them to sound like a jazz band, but I wanted them to keep pretty good tempo.’
    • ‘With numerous female-led bands making waves in rock music, this album is a poor representation of what women can do.’
    • ‘I moved my body in synch with the early 90's music, assuming the role of the band's vocalist with zest.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the band are touring Britain on a heavy promotional tour.’
    • ‘Arbez spent his childhood playing trombone in a jazz band before discovering the dancefloor.’
    • ‘The event, which includes live bands and a jazz combo playing on the streets plus many stalls, is again being organised by Calne Rotary Club.’
    • ‘Their female vocalist also allows the band to stand out in a genre full of male singers.’
    • ‘Over the course of the last decade they have established themselves as one of the best live bands in the country.’
    • ‘Now the only thing missing from the band is a vocalist, a drummer and a synth player.’
    • ‘It also features the band giving commentary on the videos.’
    • ‘Just because she had an audition, didn't mean she would continue on to be in the band as a vocalist.’
    • ‘Then five months ago, a friend introduced him to three young musicians who had joined forces to create a band and needed a vocalist.’
    • ‘The band's subtly supportive rhythm section is a strong element that buoys each of their numbers.’
    • ‘Unlike most bands on the current jazz festival circuit, the Chicago Six do not adhere to a single genre.’
    • ‘In a photo from 1955, she is seen onstage around the time she made her first recordings with a local band.’
    • ‘I've always listened to bands with female vocalists so it was natural for me to ask some girls I knew if they wanted to sing.’
    • ‘Aside from piano and saxophone, she took up cello and mallet percussion and hung out in high school jazz bands.’
    • ‘So many bands and vocalists are trapped in the covers universe.’
    • ‘In her spare time she performs as one of three vocalists in a band.’
    • ‘Nowadays, you have a lot of bands claiming to be punk rock that are really more mainstream than punk.’
    pop group, ensemble, orchestra
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    1. 2.1 A group of musicians who play brass, wind, or percussion instruments:
      ‘a military band’
      • ‘Now Wanderers are going a step further with their own Reebok Rhythm sound, based on a percussion band from Ghana.’
      • ‘The band collaborates with new musicians every time it performs.’
      • ‘Throughout the morning, youngsters from the various bands, including brass and wind, practised in front of the many visitors.’
      • ‘Appropriately, the band features a fabulous fat tuba player spitting out bass notes.’
      • ‘As this is going on, the angry men are desperately trying to play a full set of marching band wind instruments.’
      • ‘Craig's dad, Ian, is a trombonist, while his brother, Andrew, is in the band's percussion session.’
      • ‘They have already lost the two leading musical instruments in the band.’
      • ‘Then with the early light came ‘the clash of brass’ as the band of the Royal Marines marched by.’
      • ‘Sibelius Instruments is a unique, interactive encyclopedia of instruments, bands, orchestras and ensembles.’
      • ‘Whether they are Pipes & Drums or Brass & Reed bands, the musicians are there to support this grand event.’
      • ‘Four members of the present band also play with the Graig Brass Band, a band with a long history stretching back to the 1760s.’
      • ‘Steel drum music originated when members of traditional African percussion bands began using discarded oil drums.’
      • ‘The Catholic Boys Brigade in Newry was over 1,000 strong, and they had three bands, - brass, flute and bugle.’
      • ‘Sceptical as I was at the start, playing in a percussion band was also good fun.’
      • ‘In the same year, he went from being a rehearsal keyboard player to a studio musician with the band.’
      • ‘In New Orleans and across the country brass marching bands became very popular in the Napoleonic period.’
      • ‘Were any particular bands or musicians discussed?’
      • ‘Even from the opening moments, as the band tunes up its instruments, we know this movie is going to be about the music.’
      • ‘Before that, he was a musician touring with various bands.’
      pop group, ensemble, orchestra
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  • 3North American A herd or flock:

    ‘moving bands of caribou’
    • ‘However, when locust population density is high, they form into gregariously behaving bands of nymphs or swarms of adults.’
    • ‘That is when they pounce, like a band of hyenas after the lions have left the kill.’
    • ‘Through binoculars we saw great bands of caribou in the foothills to the south and east.’
    • ‘Relieved of the need to avoid predators, little bands of animals have not another single thing in their heads.’
    • ‘The herds and bands of elephants, horses, dancing girls and musicians, and scenes from the Ramayana come alive on the outer walls of the temple.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • (of people or organizations) form a group to achieve a mutual objective:

    ‘local people banded together to fight the company’
    • ‘Forty states have banded together to organize the Streamlined Sales Tax Project, which has been holding meetings this fall to address issues that vex multistate companies.’
    • ‘There are relatively few men in the nursing profession, so many of them have banded together and created an organization to assist them in their careers.’
    • ‘Sixteen of the coating industry's leading companies have banded together under the TEAM UV banner to produce a racecar coated with the latest paint and coatings technology.’
    • ‘Europe, North America, and Japan banded together as expected, while China effectively joined the developing nations.’
    • ‘This prompted the 17 business organisations who have officially banded together to pressure politicians to deal with the crime situation to issue a release condemning the move on Friday.’
    • ‘Throughout the industrialised world, people have banded together in organised groups to protect the rights of children on issues like child labour, health, and education.’
    • ‘A number of state and federal organizations have also banded together to host National Estuaries Day, meant to promote the importance of estuaries and the need to protect them.’
    • ‘‘Everyone banded together on this issue and it just shows what can be done when there is a common goal, even without a government representative,’ Mr Dunne said.’
    • ‘Unifying under a general label, gay South Asians have banded together throughout the world, aided significantly by the Internet.’
    • ‘Amidst the bleak despair of this ignoble abdication, a few organisations bravely banded together under the banner of Citizens Initiative in Ahmedabad.’
    • ‘Groups country-wide who work against dependency on alcohol, illegal drugs and tobacco have banded together to work for maintaining federal funding levels.’
    • ‘Householders in one street Avebury Road have banded together to fight yobbish behaviour, organising events like street parties to strengthen community spirit.’
    • ‘Local residents and other concerned people soon banded together in loosely organised protest and called themselves Friends of Hindmarsh Island.’
    • ‘A group of leading organizations have banded together to address the problem of minority underrepresentation in business and management education.’
    • ‘Movement organizers said they have banded together to express frustration over alleged cronyism and a lack of ‘decency’ in Estrada's government.’
    • ‘We all banded together and entered the estate of the local landlord to take over the land.’
    • ‘A few NGOs and the Integrated Tribal Development Authority have banded together to help them.’
    • ‘They have banded together in the hope of organising a non-partisan ‘people's campaign’ in favour of the vaccination approach.’
    • ‘Charity organizations have banded together to introduce creative campaigns which improve the living standards of the poor in Thai society.’
    • ‘The Northern and Southern Empires banded together and combined their armies to go defeat the new threat to everyone's life.’
    team up, join forces, pool resources, club together, get together, come together
    collaborate, cooperate, work together, pull together
    amalgamate, unite, form an alliance, form an association, combine, merge, affiliate, federate
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French bande, of Germanic origin; related to banner.

Pronunciation:

band

/band/