band


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Band \Band\ (b[a^]nd), n. [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. [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.
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            Every one's bands were loosed.        --Acts xvi.
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   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.
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   3. That which serves as the means of union or connection
      between persons; a tie. "To join in Hymen's bands."
      --Shak.
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   4. A linen collar or ruff worn in the 16th and 17th
      centuries.
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   5. pl. Two strips of linen hanging from the neck in front as
      part of a clerical, legal, or academic dress.
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   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.
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   7. A company of persons united in any common design,
      especially a body of armed men.
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            Troops of horsemen with his bands of foot. --Shak.
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   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; as, a high school's marching band.
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   9. (Bot.) A space between elevated lines or ribs, as of the
      fruits of umbelliferous plants.
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   10. (Zool.) A stripe, streak, or other mark transverse to the
       axis of the body.
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   11. (Mech.) A belt or strap.
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   12. A bond. [Obs.] "Thy oath and band." --Shak.
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   13. Pledge; security. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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   Band saw, a saw in the form of an endless steel belt, with
      teeth on one edge, running over wheels.

   big band, a band that is the size of an orchestra, usually
      playing mostly jazz or swing music. The big band typically
      features both ensemble and solo playing, sometimes has a
      lead singer, and is often located in a night club where
      the patrons may dance to its music. The big bands were
      popular from the late 1920's to the 1940's. Contrasted
      with combo, which has fewer players.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Band \Band\, v. t.
   To bandy; to drive away. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Band \Band\,
   imp. of Bind. [Obs.]                         --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Band \Band\ (b[a^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banded; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Banding.]
   1. To bind or tie with a band.
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   2. To mark with a band.
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   3. To unite in a troop, company, or confederacy. "Banded
      against his throne." --Milton.
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   Banded architrave, Banded pier, Banded shaft, etc.
      (Arch.), an architrave, pier, shaft, etc., of which the
      regular profile is interrupted by blocks or projections
      crossing it at right angles.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Band \Band\, v. i.
   To confederate for some common purpose; to unite; to conspire
   together.
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         Certain of the Jews banded together.     --Acts xxiii.
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