band ( bands plural & 3rd person present) ( banding present participle) ( banded past tense & past participle )
1 n-count-coll A band is a small group of musicians who play popular music such as jazz, rock, or pop.
He was a drummer in a rock band..., Local bands provide music for dancing.
2 n-count-coll A band is a group of musicians who play brass and percussion instruments.
Bands played German marches.
3 n-count-coll A bandof people is a group of people who have joined together because they share an interest or belief.
Bands of government soldiers, rebels and just plain criminals have been roaming some neighborhoods., ...a small but growing band of Japanese companies taking their first steps into American publishing.
4 n-count A band is a flat, narrow strip of cloth which you wear round your head or wrists, or which forms part of a piece of clothing.
Almost all hospitals use a wrist-band of some kind with your name and details on it.
5 n-count A band is a strip of something such as colour, light, land, or cloth which contrasts with the areas on either side of it.
...bands of natural vegetation between strips of crops..., A band of light glowed in the space between floor and door.
6 n-count A band is a strip or loop of metal or other strong material which strengthens something, or which holds several things together.
Surgeons placed a metal band around the knee cap to help it knit back together., ...a strong band of flat muscle tissue.
7 n-count A band is a range of numbers or values within a system of measurement.
usu with supp
...a new tax band of 20p in the pound on the first £2,000 of taxable income.
wedding band band together phrasal verb If people band together, they meet and act as a group in order to try and achieve something. Women banded together to protect each other... V P
Band-Aid ( Band-Aids plural ) , band-aid
1 n-var A Band-Aid is a small piece of sticky tape that you use to cover small cuts or wounds on your body.
(mainly AM) ®
in BRIT, use plaster
2 adj If you refer to a Band-Aid solution to a problem, you mean that you disapprove of it because you think that it will only be effective for a short period.
ADJ n (disapproval)
We need long-term solutions, not short-term Band-Aid ones.
big band ( big bands plural ) A big band is a large group of musicians who play jazz or dance music. Big bands were especially popular from the 1930s to the 1950s. n-count
boy band ( boy bands plural ) A boy band is a band consisting of young men who sing pop music and dance. Boy bands are especially popular with teenage girls. n-count
brass band ( brass bands plural ) A brass band is a band that is made up of brass and percussion instruments. n-count
Citizens' Band is a range of radio frequencies which the general public is allowed to use to send messages to each other. It is used especially by truck drivers and other drivers who use radio sets in their vehicles. The abbreviation CB is often used. n-proper oft N n
...citizens' band radios.
elastic band ( elastic bands plural ) An elastic band is a thin circle of very stretchy rubber that you can put around things in order to hold them together.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
in AM, use rubber band
girl band ( girl bands plural ) A girl band is a band consisting of young women who sing pop music and dance. n-count
marching band ( marching bands plural ) A marching band is a group of musicians who play music as they march along the street or march as part of a ceremony. n-count
one-man band ( one-man bands plural ) Aone-man band is a street entertainer who wears and plays a lot of different instruments at the same time. n-count
rubber band ( rubber bands plural ) A rubber band is a thin circle of very elastic rubber. You put it around things such as papers in order to keep them together. n-count
steel band ( steel bands plural ) A steel band is a band of people who play music on special metal drums. Steel bands started in the West Indies. n-count
wedding band ( wedding bands plural ) A wedding band is the same as a wedding ring. n-count