- something that binds, ties together, restrains, etc.
- a strip or ring of wood, metal, rubber, etc. fastened around something, as to bind or tie it together
- a finger ring: a wedding band
- a contrasting strip or stripe running across or along the edge of a material, or separating different sorts of material
- a narrow strip of cloth used to bind, line, decorate, etc.; binding; banding: hatband, neckband
- [usually pl.] two strips hanging in front from the neck, as part of certain academic, legal, or clerical dress
- a belt to drive wheels or pulleys in machinery
- any of the separate divisions on a phonograph record containing individual selections
- a specific range of wavelengths or frequencies, as in radio broadcasting or sound or light transmission
- any of the stripes of color in a spectrum
- Archit. a thin layer or molding
- Geol. a thin layer of distinctive rock, ore, etc.
Origin of bandMiddle English from Old Norse band (akin to Old English bend); also (in meaning “thin strip”) from French bande, flat strip from Old French bende from Medieval Latin benda from Gothic binda from bindan, bind
- to put a band on or around; tie with a band
- to mark with a band for identification: to band migratory birds
Origin of bandOFr bander < the n.