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Band appears in the following tongue twister:

  • You're behaving like a babbling, bumbling band of baboons.
    (from Harry Potter)

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun band:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb band:


Band is sometimes a misspelling of bend.

The word band is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun band

What does band mean as a name of something?

Band is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: bands

  1. an unofficial association of people or groups
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of band: circle / lot / set
    • more generic term: social group = people sharing some social relation
    • more specific terms:
      • car pool = a small group of car drivers who arrange to take turns driving while the others are passengers
      • inner circle / coterie / ingroup / clique / camp / pack = an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
      • cohort = a band of warriors
      • confederacy / conspiracy = a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
      • Four Hundred = the exclusive social set of a city
      • horsey set / horsy set = a set of people sharing a devotion to horses and horseback riding and horse racing
      • jet set = a set of rich and fashionable people who travel widely for pleasure
      • company / party = a band of people associated temporarily in some activity
  2. instrumentalists not including string players
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic terms: musical group / musical organisation / musical organization = an organization of musicians who perform together
    • more specific terms:
      • marching band = a band that marches (as in a parade) and plays music at the same time
      • brass band = a group of musicians playing only brass and percussion instruments
      • military band / concert band = a group of musicians playing brass and woodwind and percussion instruments
    • part: section = a division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class
  3. a stripe or stripes of contrasting color
    • examples: chromosomes exhibit characteristic bands | the black and yellow banding of bees and wasps
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of band: banding / stria / striation
    • more generic words: bar / streak / stripe = a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background
    • more specific terms:
      • collar = an encircling band or marking around the neck of any animal
      • stretch mark = a narrow band resulting from tension on the skin
  4. an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of band: banding / stripe
    • more generic word: adornment = a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
    • more specific terms:
      • cigar band = a narrow paper band around a cigar
      • hatband = a band around the crown of a hat just above the brim
      • neckband = a band around the collar of a garment
      • pinstripe = a very thin stripe
    • part of: garment = an article of clothing
  5. a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing
  6. a range of frequencies between two limits
  7. a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: slip / strip = artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
    • more specific terms:
      • armband = a band worn around the upper arm
      • arm band / armlet = a band worn around the arm for decoration
      • backband = a broad band that passes over the back of a horse and supports the shafts of a vehicle
      • bellyband = a cloth band that is worn around the waist
      • neckband / collar = a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over
      • collar = a band of leather or rope that is placed around an animal's neck as a harness or to identify it
      • supporter / garter = a band (usually elastic) worn around the leg to hold up a stocking
      • waistcloth / waistband / cincture / girdle / sash = a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
      • headband = a band worn around or over the head
      • headpiece / headstall = the band that is the part of a bridle that fits around a horse's head
      • hoop / ring = a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
      • elastic band / rubber band / elastic = a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
      • shoulder strap / strap = a band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag
      • sweatband = a band of fabric or leather sewn inside the crown of a hat
      • sweatband = a band of material tied around the forehead or wrist to absorb sweat
      • watch bracelet / watchstrap / watchband / wristband / bracelet = a band of cloth or leather or metal links attached to a wristwatch and wrapped around the wrist
      • mourning band / weed = a black band worn by a man (on the arm or hat) as a sign of mourning
      • wristband = band consisting of a part of a sleeve that covers the wrist
      • wrist band / wristlet = a band or bracelet worn around the wrist
  8. a cord-like tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonym of band: isthmus
    • more generic word: tissue = part of an organism consisting of an aggregate of cells having a similar structure and function
  9. jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger
    • example: he noted that she wore a wedding band
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of band: ring
    • more generic words: jewellery / jewelry = an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems
    • more specific terms:
  10. a driving belt in machinery
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: belt = endless loop of flexible material between two rotating shafts or pulleys
  11. 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
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: slip / strip = artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material; loop = anything with a round or oval shape
  12. a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of band: ring
    • more generic words: slip / strip = artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
  13. a restraint put around something to hold it together
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: constraint / restraint = a device that retards something's motion
    • more specific terms:
      • brake band = a band that can be tightened around a shaft to stop its rotation
      • collet = a band or collar that holds an individual stone in a jewelry setting
      • ligature = a metal band used to attach a reed to the mouthpiece of a clarinet or saxophone
      • withe = band or rope made of twisted twigs or stems

Alternative definition of the noun 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 [qualifier, a band of thieves].
  6. [physics] A part of radio spectrum.
  7. [physics] A group of energy levels in a solid state material. Valence band, conduction band.
  8. [anthropology] A small group of people living in a simple society.
  9. [Canada] A group of aboriginals that has official recognition as an organized unit by the federal government of Canada.

Specialised definition of the noun band

Glossary of sports / tennis

the strip of canvas at the top of the net

Definition of the verb band

What does band mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: banded | banding | bands

  1. bind or tie together, as with a band
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherHerman connected the computers together | Herman gathered the students togetherVerbs of Combining and Attaching: baste, cluster, collate, collect, gather, group, herd, jumble, pair, roll, sew, shake, shuffle, stick
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient 1] with / into / to [Patient 2]Herman gathered students into group2
      [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs whisk easily | Most labels tape easily
      [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb] togetherSugar and cream whip together easily
      [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with / into / to [Patient 2]Sugar whips into cream easily
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient]Linda taped the pictureVerbs of Combining and Attaching: anchor, belt, bolt, bracket, buckle, button, cement, chain, cinch, epoxy, fetter, glue, handcuff, harness, hinge, hitch, hook, knot, lace, lash, lasso, latch, leash, link, lock, loop, manacle, moor, muzzle, nail, padlock, peg, pin, plaster, rivet, rope, screw, seal, shackle, skewer, solder, staple, stitch, strap, string, tack, tape, tether, thread, thumbtack, tie, trammel, truss, wire, yoke, zip
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Linda taped the box shut
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherLinda taped the label and the cover together
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient 1] to / on / onto [Patient 2]Linda taped the picture to the wall
      [Patient - solid, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs whisk easily | Most labels tape easily
      [Patient - solid, plural] [Verb] [Adverb] togetherLabels and covers tape easily together
      [Patient - solid, plural] [Verb] together [Adverb]Labels and covers tape together easily
      [Patient 1 - solid] [Verb] [Adverb] to / on / onto [Patient 2]Labels tape easily to that kind of cover
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: bind / tie = fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
  2. attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify
    • example: band the geese to observe their migratory patterns
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of band: ring
    • more generic word: attach = cause to be attached


Who is Band?

Band a.k.a. The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group that originally consisted of Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson. The members of the Band first came together as they joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins' backing group The Hawks one by one between 1958 and 1963.


Band a.k.a. The Last Republic is a musical group.


  1. Band is a fictional character from the 1938 film Gold Diggers in Paris.
  2. Band is a fictional character from the 1982 film Smithereens.
  3. Band is a fictional character from the 2014 film Krásno.

There are other characters with in their name, like band..., Band Aid, Band-Aid, Red Band, Rock Band, Band Leader, Band Master, Band member, One Man Band, One-man band, Wedding Band, Max Rebo Band, Rubber-Band Man, teenage band kid #1, teenage band kid #2, teenage band kid #3, teenage band kid #4, The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band.


"Band" is a 1981 film written by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi and Gholam Hossein Taheridoost and directed by Gholam Hossein Taheridoost.


  1. "Band" a.k.a. "Band..." is a musical album of Andrej Šeban.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  2. "Band" is a musical album of John Fairhurst.
    • released in (6 years ago)


Band a.k.a. Bánd is a village in Veszprém county, Hungary.


  1. BAND is a social networking mobile application for groups, for the iOS and Android platforms. Users can divide their acquaintances into different groups and share different content with different groups, such as close friends, families, colleagues, club members and classmates. As of April 2014, the number of registered users surpassed 30 million.
    • genres: Mobile app, Social networking service, Instant messaging
    • license: Proprietary software
  2. Band: In mathematics, a band is a semigroup in which every element is idempotent. Bands were first studied and named by A. H. Clifford ; the lattice of varieties of bands was described independently in the early 1970s by Biryukov, Fennemore and Gerhard. Semilattices, left-zero bands, right-zero bands, rectangular bands, normal bands, and regular bands, specific subclasses of bands which lie near the bottom of this lattice, are of particular interest and are briefly described below.
  3. Band: A band is a small section of the spectrum of radio communication frequencies, in which channels are usually used or set aside for the same purpose.

Phrases with Band

Phrases starting with the word Band:

  1. band aid
  2. band saw
  3. Band-Aid
  4. Band Plan
  5. band-pass
  6. Band-Stop
  7. Band-Aided

Phrases ending with the word Band:

  1. S-Band
  2. arm band
  3. big band
  4. Boy band
  5. jug band
  6. Tri-Band
  7. Dual-Band
  8. Girl band
  9. jazz band
  10. rock band
  11. Wind Band
  12. Alice Band
  13. brake band

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Band

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Google previewPrinciples and Practice of Sleep Medicine (2010)

by Meir H. Kryger, Thomas Roth, William C. Dement

The gastric band is an inflatable silicone prosthetic device that is placed around the top portion of the stomach, just...

Google previewLarge (C = 24) Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (2000)

Chemistry and Analysis by John Charles Fetzer

The a band is the highest wavelength of the three and corresponds to the transition from the second highest occupied molecular orbital to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO). This is also known as the 0,0 transition. The p band is ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

A matrix band is a thin metal or acetate strip used to form an artificial wall to a tooth during the placement of a restoration; it is often held in position by a *matrix band retainer. 2. An orthodontic band is a thin metal strip which encircles the tooth ...

Google previewFundamentals of Sociology

by Vidya Bhushan, D. R. Sachdeva

Band is the original form of local the group that stands at the lowest level of social organization— that of migratory hunters. It is a small...

Google previewNautilus (2009)

The Biology and Paleobiology of a Living Fossil, Reprint with additions by W. Bruce Saunders, Neil Landman

The outer, white band is the spherulitic– prismatic layer; the inner, gray band is the nacreous layer. Scale bars: 1 mm.

Google previewEncyclopedia of South Dakota Indians (2001)

by Donald Ricky

persons as may be designated by him, and the decision or award shah be faithfully observed by the said band represented in council. ARTICLE 4. The said band, represented in council shall withdraw from the routes overland already ...

Google previewA Dictionary, Hindustani & English (1866)

Accompanied by a Reversed Dictionary, English and Hindustani by Duncan Forbes

& band, m. a fastening, a knot, a bandage; binding, literally or figuratively, as a tie, a cord; fetters, imprisonment; ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nevada Indians (2000)

by Donald Ricky

Inasmuch as the Government of the United States is desirous to arrest the effusion of blood between the Indian tribes within its jurisdiction, hitherto at war with each other, the Two-Kettles band of Dakota or Sioux, represented in council, ...

Google previewElectrochemical Dictionary (2012)

by Allen J. Bard, György Inzelt, Fritz Scholz

surface analytical methods Valence band The energy band of a solid is an ! energy interval with a quasicontinuum distribution of allowed energy levels for electrons. In solid-state physics, from the ...

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So, we went from being an Athens band to being a Georgia band to being a Southern band to being an American band from the East Coast to being an American band and now we're kind of an international phenomenon. (Michael Stipe)
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Scrabble value of B3A1N1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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