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Dictionary Definition



1 an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot" [syn: set, circle, lot]
2 instrumentalists not including string players
3 a stripe of contrasting color; "chromosomes exhibit characteristic bands" [syn: stria, striation]
4 a strip or stripe of a contrasting color or material [syn: banding, stripe]
5 a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing [syn: dance band, dance orchestra]
6 a range of frequencies between two limits
7 something elongated that is worn around the body or one of the limbs
8 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" [syn: ring]
9 a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration) [syn: ring]
10 a restraint put around something to hold it together


1 bind or tie together, as with a band
2 attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify; "ring birds"; "band the geese to observe their migratory patterns" [syn: ring]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Band




  1. A strip of material wrapped around things to hold them together.
  2. A strip along the spine of a book where the pages are attached.
  3. A group of musicians, especially (a) wind and percussion players, or (b) rock musicians.
  4. A type of orchestra originally playing janissary music; i.e. marching band.
  5. A group of people loosely united for a common purpose (a band of thieves).
  6. A part of radio spectrum.
  7. A group of energy levels in a solid state material. Valence band, conduction band.
  8. A small group of people living in a simple society.
  9. A group of aboriginals that has official recognition as an organized unit by the federal government of Canada.
strip of material wrapped around things to hold them together
strip along the spine of a book where the pages are attached
  • Dutch: band
  • Finnish: selkänauha, selys
  • Korean: 책의 고정축(지탱축)
  • Norwegian: bind
  • Polish: grzbiet
  • Russian: манжетка
a group of musicians
orchestra originally playing janissary music
  • Finnish: soittokunta, torvisoittokunta
  • Norwegian: korps
group of people loosely united for a common purpose
  • Dutch: bende
  • Esperanto: bando
  • Finnish: joukko, joukkio
  • German: Bande , Gruppe , Stamm , Trupp , …-Gemeinde , Mannschaft
  • Hebrew:
  • Korean: 단체, 그룹
  • Norwegian: bande
  • Polish: banda
  • Russian: отряд, банда, шайка
  • Spanish: banda
  • Swedish: band
physics: a part of radio spectrum
  • Dutch: band
  • Finnish: kaista, taajuuskaista; bändi (radio amateur slang)
  • German: Frequenzspektrum
  • Korean: 밴드, 대역폭
  • Norwegian: bånd
  • Polish: pasmo
  • Russian: полоса
  • Spanish: banda
  • Swedish: band
physics: group of energy levels in a solid state material
  • Dutch: band
  • Finnish: vyö
  • Norwegian: bånd
  • Spanish: pasmo
  • Swedish: band
anthropology: small group of people living in a simple society
  • Finnish: klaani, heimo
Canada: recognized group of aboriginals
  • Finnish: heimo


  1. To group together for a common purpose.
  2. To fasten together with a band.
  3. To fasten an identifying band around (a bird's) leg.


(intransitive) to group together for a common purpose
to fasten together with a band
  • Finnish: sitoa
  • German: binden
  • Norwegian: binde
  • Swedish: binda
ornithology: to fasten an identifying band



band m (Plural: banden, diminutive: bandje)
  1. connection, liaison, bond
  2. band (all English senses, above, except for group of musicians)
  3. tire/tyre (e.g. a car tyre)
  4. tape (magnetic tape, video tape)
  5. bank (the bank of a pool table)
  6. belt (a martial arts belt)
  7. ribbon
  8. bond, tie

Related terms

verband, autoband (3)


band m (Plural: bands, diminutive: bandje)
  1. band (group of musicians; word loaned from English and pronounced as in English)


Verb form

  1. Past tense of binden.



band (band-s, bönd)
  1. a string
  2. yarn
  3. ties
  4. (of a book) binding
  5. a musical band



Alternative spellings

  • bånd (see this word for common usages)


  1. In the context of "music|lang=no": band; group of (rock) musicians




  1. band; a strip of material
  2. band; group of musicians
  3. band; band of robbers
  4. band; part of radio spectrum
  5. band; group of energy levels
  6. audio tape or video tape
  7. cassette of audio or video tape
  8. connection, relation; from a person to another person or to a place

Extensive Definition

Band may refer to a specific group:
Band can refer to a thin strip of material in a loop:
In metals and semiconductors, band can refer to:
Band can also refer to:

See also

band in Danish: Bånd
band in German: Band
band in French: Bande
band in Korean: 밴드
band in Italian: Banda
band in Dutch: Band
band in Japanese: バンド
band in Portuguese: Banda
band in Romanian: Trupă
band in Swedish: Band

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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