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[band] /bænd/
noun
1.
a company of persons or, sometimes, animals or things, joined, acting, or functioning together; aggregation; party; troop:
a band of protesters.
2.
Music.
  1. a group of instrumentalists playing music of a specialized type:
    rock band; calypso band; mariachi band.
  2. a musical group, usually employing brass, percussion, and often woodwind instruments, that plays especially for marching or open-air performances.
  3. big band.
  4. dance band.
3.
a division of a nomadic tribe; a group of individuals who move and camp together and subsist by hunting and gathering.
4.
a group of persons living outside the law:
a renegade band.
verb (used with object)
5.
to unite in a troop, company, or confederacy.
verb (used without object)
6.
to unite; confederate (often followed by together):
They banded together to oust the chairman.
Idioms
7.
to beat the band, Informal. energetically; abundantly:
It rained all day to beat the band.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; < Middle French bande < Italian banda; cognate with Late Latin bandum < Germanic; akin to Gothic bandwa standard, band2, band3, bend1, bond1
Synonyms
1. gang, group; body; set; society, association, assembly. See company.
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British Dictionary definitions for to beat the band

band1

/bænd/
noun
1.
a company of people having a common purpose; group a band of outlaws
2.
a group of musicians playing either brass and percussion instruments only (brass band) or brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments (concert band or military band)
3.
a group of musicians who play popular music, jazz, etc, often for dancing
4.
a group of instrumentalists generally; orchestra
5.
(Canadian) a formally recognized group of Canadian Indians on a reserve
6.
(anthropol) a division of a tribe; a family group or camp group
7.
(US & Canadian) a flock or herd
verb
8.
(usually foll by together) to unite; assemble
Word Origin
C15: from French bande probably from Old Provençal banda of Germanic origin; compare Gothic bandwa sign, banner

band2

/bænd/
noun
1.
a thin flat strip of some material, used esp to encircle objects and hold them together a rubber band
2.
  1. a strip of fabric or other material used as an ornament or distinguishing mark, or to reinforce clothing
  2. (in combination) waistband, hairband, hatband
3.
a stripe of contrasting colour or texture See also chromosome band
4.
a driving belt in machinery
5.
a range of values that are close or related in number, degree, or quality
6.
  1. (physics) a range of frequencies or wavelengths between two limits
  2. (radio) such a range allocated to a particular broadcasting station or service
7.
short for energy band
8.
(computing) one or more tracks on a magnetic disk or drum
9.
(anatomy) any structure resembling a ribbon or cord that connects, encircles, or binds different parts
10.
the cords to which the folded sheets of a book are sewn
11.
a thin layer or seam of ore
12.
(architect) a strip of flat panelling, such as a fascia or plinth, usually attached to a wall
13.
a large white collar, sometimes edged with lace, worn in the 17th century
14.
either of a pair of hanging extensions of the collar, forming part of academic, legal, or (formerly) clerical dress
15.
a ring for the finger (esp in phrases such as wedding band, band of gold, etc)
verb (transitive)
16.
to fasten or mark with a band
17.
(US & Canadian) to ring (a bird) See ring1 (sense 22)
Word Origin
C15: from Old French bende, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German binda fillet; see band³

band3

/bænd/
noun
1.
an archaic word for bond (sense 1), bond (sense 3), bond (sense 4)
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse band; related to Old High German bant fetter; see bend1, bond
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Word Origin and History for to beat the band
band
"a flat strip," also "something that binds," a merger of two words, ultimately from the same source. In the sense "that by which someone or something is bound," it is attested from 1126, from O.N. band "thin strip that ties or constrains," from P.Gmc. *bindan (related to Mod.Eng. bend and bind), from PIE *bendh- "to bind" (cf. Goth bandi "that which binds; Skt. bandhah "a tying, bandage," source of bandana; M.Ir. bainna "bracelet"). Most of the fig. senses of this word have passed into bond (q.v.), which originally was a phonetic variant of band. The meaning "a flat strip" (late 14c.) is from O.Fr. bande "strip, edge, side," via O.N.Fr. bende, from O.H.G. binda, from P.Gmc. *bindan (see above). In M.E., this was distinguished by the spelling bande, but since the loss of the final -e the words have fully merged. Meaning "broad stripe of color" is from 1470; the electronics sense of "range of frequencies or wavelengths" is from 1922. The O.N.Fr. form was retained in heraldic bend.
band
"an organized group," late 15c., from M.Fr. bande , traceable to P.Gmc. root of band (1), probably via a band of cloth worn as a mark of identification by a group of soldiers or others (cf. Gothic bandwa "a sign"). The extension to "group of musicians" is c.1660, originally musicians attached to a regiment of the army. To beat the band (1897) is to make enough noise to drown it out, hence to exceed everything.
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to beat the band in Medicine

band (bānd)
n.

  1. An appliance or a part of an apparatus that encircles or binds a part of the body.

  2. A cordlike tissue that connects or that holds bodily structures together.

  3. A chromatically, structurally, or functionally differentiated strip or stripe in or on an organism.

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to beat the band in Science
band
  (bānd)   
A specific range of electromagnetic wavelengths or frequencies, as those used in radio broadcasting.
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Slang definitions & phrases for to beat the band

to beat the band

adverb phrase

In an unrestrained way; to the highest pitch; very much; all-out: Ihollered to beatthe band/ We ran to beat the Dutch

[entry form 1897+, variant 1775+; frthe notion that such extreme effort could even drown out the band, or, in the mid-1700s version, this beats the Dutch, could convince even a stolid, phlegmatic Dutch man]


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Idioms and Phrases with to beat the band
Also, to beat all. To the greatest possible degree. For example, The baby was crying to beat the band, or The wind is blowing to beat the band, or John is dressed up to beat all. This idiom uses beat in the sense of “surpass.” The first term may, according to one theory, allude to a desire to arrive before the musicians who led a parade, so as to see the entire event. Another theory holds that it means “make more noise than (and thereby beat) a loud band.” [ ; late 1800s ]
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