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band | average |

As nouns the difference between band and average

is that band is tape while average is (legal|marine) financial loss due to damage to transported goods; compensation for damage or loss.

As an adjective average is

(not comparable) constituting or relating to the average.

As a verb average is

(informal) to compute the arithmetic mean of.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) band (also bond), from (etyl) beand, .


(en noun)
  • A strip of material used for strengthening or coupling.
  • # A strip of material wrapped around things to hold them together.
  • #* , chapter=10
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=The Jones man was looking at her hard. Now he reached into the hatch of his vest and fetched out a couple of cigars, everlasting big ones, with gilt bands on them.}}
  • # A narrow strip of cloth or other material on clothing, to bind, strengthen, or ornament it.
  • #* 1843 , (Thomas Hood), (The Song of the Shirt)
  • band and gusset and seam
  • # A strip along the spine of a book where the pages are attached.
  • # A belt or strap that is part of a machine.
  • (label) A strip of decoration.
  • # A continuous tablet, stripe, or series of ornaments, as of carved foliage, of colour, or of brickwork.
  • # In Gothic architecture, the moulding, or suite of mouldings, which encircles the pillars and small shafts.
  • That which serves as the means of union or connection between persons; a tie.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • to join in Hymen's bands
  • A linen collar or ruff worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • (label) Two strips of linen hanging from the neck in front as part of a clerical, legal, or academic dress.
  • (label) A part of the radio spectrum.
  • (label) A group of energy levels in a solid state material.
  • (obsolete) A bond.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • thy oath and band
  • (label) Pledge; security.
  • (Spenser)
  • A ring, such as a wedding ring (wedding band), or a ring put on a bird's leg to identify it.
  • Derived terms
    * bandless * elastic band * gum band * lacquer band * rubber band * smart band * wedding band


    (en verb)
  • To fasten with a band.
  • (ornithology) To fasten an identifying band around the leg of (a bird).
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) band, from (etyl) bande, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A group of musicians, especially (a) wind and percussion players, or (b) rock musicians.
  • A type of orchestra originally playing janissary music; i.e. marching band.
  • A group of people loosely united for a common purpose (a band of thieves).
  • * 1900 , L. Frank Baum , The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23
  • "My third command to the Winged Monkeys," said Glinda, "shall be to carry you to your forest. Then, having used up the powers of the Golden Cap, I shall give it to the King of the Monkeys, that he and his band may thereafter be free for evermore."
  • (anthropology) A small group of people living in a simple society.
  • * 1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
  • But in the meantime Robin Hood and his band lived quietly in Sherwood Forest, without showing their faces abroad, for Robin knew that it would not be wise for him to be seen in the neighborhood of Nottingham, those in authority being very wroth with him.
  • (Canada) A group of aboriginals that has official recognition as an organized unit by the federal government of Canada.
  • Derived terms
    * band rotunda * bandstand * brass band * jug band * marching band
    * German (colloquial, "Denglish"):


    (en verb)
  • To group together for a common purpose; to confederate.
  • * Bible, Acts xxiii. 12
  • Certain of the Jews banded together.
    Derived terms
    * band together

    See also

    * (wikipedia "band") * ----



    (en noun)
  • (legal, marine) Financial loss due to damage to transported goods; compensation for damage or loss.
  • * 2008 , Filiberto Agusti, Beverley Earle, Richard Schaffer, Filiberto Agusti, Beverley Earle, International Business Law and Its Environment , page 219,
  • Historically, the courts have allowed a general average' claim only where the loss occurred as a result of the ship being in immediate peril.The court awarded the carrier the general '''average''' claim. It noted that “a ship?s master should not be discouraged from taking timely action to avert a disaster,” and need not be in actual peril to claim general ' average .
  • Customs duty or similar charge payable on transported goods.
  • Proportional or equitable distribution of financial expense.
  • (mathematics) The arithmetic mean.
  • * {{quote-magazine, title=Towards the end of poverty
  • , date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=11, magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 (the average of the 15 poorest countries’ own poverty lines, measured in 2005 dollars and adjusted for differences in purchasing power): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.}}
    The average of 10, 20 and 24 is (10 + 20 + 24)/3 = 18.
  • (statistics) Any measure of central tendency, especially any mean, the median, or the mode.
  • (sports) An indication of a player's ability calculated from his scoring record, etc.
  • (UK, legal, obsolete) The service that a tenant owed his lord, to be done by the animals of the tenant, such as the transportation of wheat, turf, etc.
  • (UK, in the plural) In the corn trade, the medial price of the several kinds of grain in the principal corn markets.
  • Usage notes

    * (sense) The term average' may refer to the statistical mean, median or mode of a batch, sample, or distribution, or sometimes any other measure of central tendency. Statisticians and responsible news sources are careful to use whichever of these specific terms is appropriate. In common usage, ' average refers to the arithmetic mean. It is, however, a common rhetorical trick to call the most favorable of mean, median and mode the "average" depending on the interpretation of a set of figures that the speaker or writer wants to promote.

    Coordinate terms

    * (measure of central tendency) arithmetic mean, geometric mean, harmonic mean, mean, median, mode

    Derived terms

    * above average * average atomic mass * averager * batting average * below average * bowling average * earned run average * general average * grade point average * height above average terrain * law of averages * moving average * on average * particular average * rolling average * slugging average * subaverage * time average * weighted average * weighted-average cost of capital


    (en adjective)
  • (not comparable) Constituting or relating to the average.
  • The average age of the participants was 18.5.
  • Neither very good nor very bad; rated somewhere in the middle of all others in the same category.
  • I soon found I was only an average chess player.
  • Typical.
  • * 2002 , Andy Turnbull, The Synthetic Beast: When Corporations Come to Life , page 12,
  • We tend to think that exceptionally attractive men and women are outstanding but the fact is that they are more average than most.
  • * 2004 , Deirdre V. Lovecky, Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits , page 75,
  • Things that never would occur to more average children, with and without AD/HD, will give these children nightmares.
  • * '2009'', Susan T. Fiske, ''Social Beings: Core Motives in Social Psychology , page 73,
  • In other words, highly attractive people like highly attractive communicators and more average' people like more ' average communicators.
    The average family will not need the more expensive features of this product.
  • (informal) Not outstanding, not good, banal; bad or poor.
  • * 2002 , Andy Slaven, Video Game Bible, 1985-2002 , page 228,
  • The graphics, sound, and most everything else are all very average . However, the main thing that brings this game down are the controls - they feel very clumsy and awkward at times.
  • * 2005 , Brad Knight, Laci Peterson: The Whole Story: Laci, Scott, and Amber's Deadly Love Triangle , page 308,
  • But what the vast majority of the populace doesn?t realise is the fact that he?s only on TV because he became famous from one case, Winona Ryder's, which, by the way, he lost because he?s only a very average attorney.
  • * 2009 , Carn Tiernan, On the Back of the Other Side , page 62,
  • In the piano stool there was a stack of music, mostly sentimental ballads intended to be sung by people with very average voices accompanied by not very competent pianists.


    * (constituting or relating to the average) mean; expectation (colloquial) * (neither very good nor very bad) mediocre, medium, middle-ranking, middling, unremarkable, so-so, * (typical) conventional, normal, regular, standard, typical, usual, bog-standard (slang) * ordinary, uninspiring


    * (neither very good nor very bad) extraordinary

    Derived terms

    * average bear * average Joe * averagely * averageness


  • (informal) To compute the arithmetic mean of.
  • If you average 10, 20 and 24, you get 18.
  • Over a period of time or across members of a population, to have or generate a mean value of.
  • The daily high temperature last month averaged 15°C.
  • To divide among a number, according to a given proportion.
  • to average a loss
  • To be, generally or on average.
  • * 1872 Elliott Coues, Key to North American Birds
  • Gulls average much larger than terns, with stouter build

    Derived terms

    * average down * average out * average up * averageable * unaveraged