General English

General Science


  • noun a narrow area that is different in colour from other areas


  • noun a range of numbers or frequencies between two limits within a radio system


  • noun a range of figures with an upper and a lower limit, to which something, e.g. the amount of someone’s salary or the exchange value of a currency, is restricted but within which it can move


  • noun a group of tracks on a magnetic disk


  • A group of small bars or the wire encircling the main reinforcement in a concrete structural member to form a peripheral tie. A band is also a group of bars distributed in a slab, wall, or footing.
  • A horizontal ornamental feature of a wall, such as a flat friezeor fascia, usually having some kind of projecting molding at its upper and lower edges.
  • Frequencies that occur in a range between two set limits.


  • In communications, a specific interval of frequencies utilized for a given purpose, such as radio channel broadcasting. Also called frequency band (1).
  • A specific interval of frequencies between two limiting frequencies. For example, extremely high frequencies span from 30 GHz to 300 GHz. Also called frequency band (2).
  • In spectroscopy, a compact series of spectral lines which represent an interval of wavelengths which are absorbed or emitted by molecules. Atoms produce a line spectrum. Also called band spectrum, or spectral band.
  • In computer storage, a group of associated tracks.


  • The price range within which a currency is allowed to fluctuate. Typically, the band is a narrow range. This concept does not apply to free-floating currencies. also called band of fluctuation.

Human Resources

  • noun a strip of paper or plastic or a rubber ring put round articles to attach them together
  • noun a grade or level

Media Studies

  • noun a horizontal section of a reel-to-reel tape


  • noun a group of people who have organized themselves for a specific purpose (usually criminal or paramilitary)
  • noun a strip of plastic, metal or other material put around an object to keep it together
  • noun a range of radio frequencies


  • noun a strip of paper which is put round a book
  • noun a strip of cloth which goes across the back of the book, to which the signatures are sewn, the edges of the band being glued to the cover boards
  • noun a raised strip on the back of a leatherbound book covering the strings
  • noun strong plastic tape put round bundles of newspapers or magazines to pack them

Origin & History of “band”

there are two distinct words band in English, but neither of them goes back as far as Old English. The one meaning ‘group of people’ (15th c.) comes from Old French bande, but is probably Germanic in ultimate origin; the specific sense ‘group of musicians’ developed in the 17th century. Band ‘strip’ (13th c.) comes from Germanic *bindan, source of English bind, but reached English in two quite separate phases. It first came via Old Norse band, in the sense ‘something that ties or constrains’; this replaced Old English bend, also from Germanic *bindan (which now survives only as a heraldic term, as in bend sinister), but is now itself more or less obsolete, having been superseded by bond, a variant form. But then in the 15th century it arrived again, by a different route: Old French had bande ‘strip, stripe’, which can be traced back, perhaps via a vulgar Latin *binda, to the same ultimate source, Germanic *bindan.