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noun
  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 (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. (Canadian English) A group of aboriginals that has official recognition as an organized unit by the federal government of Canada.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To group together for a common purpose.
  2. To fasten together with a band.
  3. (ornithology) To fasten an identifying band around (a bird's) leg.
Beja Tweet Definition of Beja Like Definition of Beja on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An ethnic group found along the Horn of Africa.
  2. The language of the afore mentioned people.
berdache Tweet Definition of berdache Like Definition of berdache on Facebook
noun (berdache)
  1. (anthropology) Among North American Indians, a transvestite or transgendered person.
    • 2005: Male have been documented in nearly 150 North American societies, while female berdache (females who take on the lifeways of males) appear in half as many groups. " Michael J Horswell, Decolonizing the Sodomite (University of Texas 2006, p. 20)
bilateral Tweet Definition of bilateral Like Definition of bilateral on Facebook
adjective
  1. having two sides
  2. involving both sides equally
  3. binding on both parties to an agreement
  4. having bilateral symmetry
  5. (anthropology) involving descent or ascent regardless of sex and side of the family
black art Tweet Definition of black art Like Definition of black art on Facebook
noun
  1. witchcraft, sorcery, black magic
  2. A process that is mysterious or difficult to master
Operating a hand card punch was something of a .
brave Tweet Definition of brave Like Definition of brave on Facebook
noun
  1. A native American warrior.
verb (braves, braving, braved)
  1. To overcome one's initial fear(s).
After braving tricks on the high-dive, he braved a jump off the first diving platform.
adjective (braver, bravest)
  1. Strong in the face of fear; courageous.
    • 1987, "...he has been so , giving it all a dignity." " The Last Diary, Michael Grumley

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