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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a band of cloud (=a long narrow area)
▪ Long narrow bands of cloud stretched across the valley.
a dance band (=playing music that people can dance to)
▪ a professional dance band
band practice
▪ Have you got band practice tonight?
big band
▪ Tommy Dorsey’s big band
boy band
brass band
Citizens' Band
dance band
elastic band
garage band
marching band
massed choir/bandBritish English (= several choirs or bands singing or playing together as one large group)
one-man band
▪ The company is really a one-man band.
rubber band
steel band
tribute band
▪ The big bands ran into other economic barriers as well.
▪ When they did get good they'd be one of the biggest bands in the world, the Fish predicted.
▪ Henderson had recorded with a big band before -- three tunes, in fact, in 1992.
▪ He has also had many composing commissions for radio big bands and symphony orchestras.
▪ The rise of modern jazz through bebop coincided with the demise of the big bands.
▪ It lasted until summer 1947, but big bands were on a downward slide and Armstrong found leading a headache.
▪ If they compromise in very small amounts they will become a stronger and bigger band.
▪ Like the brass band title music, this seemed to be entertainment for another age or at least for another demographic.
▪ Five steamboats loaded with thrill seekers arrived from Lake Erie, each with a brass band on deck.
▪ Its cargo of supporters and media will be greeted by brass bands and fireworks at 10 ports.
▪ When we went down to dinner that evening there was a foot race going on, accompanied by a brass band.
▪ She only came occasionally and when she did, she stood out like a brass band.
▪ Crawdaddy-O, for general purposes, describe themselves as a Cajun brass band.
▪ The Castaways Quality Circle, comprising, looked at the method of strapping moulds together with the use of elastic bands.
▪ A leather ring fitted over each shoulder, with an elastic band stretched between them across my back.
▪ Tights are close fitting with elastic waist band.
▪ The envelopes were packed together in bundles and secured with thick elastic bands.
▪ Then flick the elastic band a couple of times.
▪ Then he starts to loop his hair into an elastic band first thing every morning.
▪ It is worth buying covered elastic bands or using a ribbon.
▪ Anaesthetised mice were placed supine on cork boards and steadied by elastic bands around the four limbs.
▪ The evening programme is aimed at teenagers and features a live band and soup kitchen.
▪ It features carnival rides, live bands and a dance pavilion along with booths for food, arts and crafts.
▪ They rose to the bait and decided they needed to prove a point, putting together their nine-piece Bootsy Collins-featuring live band.
▪ We wanted to use as few effects as possible and make it sound like a live band.
▪ The Wedding Present consolidated their reputation as a fine live band during 1988 but released a dearth of new material.
▪ Our Exmoor club is free to residents - and you can enjoy regular entertainment, discos and live bands.
▪ It has a great dance floor and discos and live bands are staged here regularly.
▪ I have a great live band, probably one of the best in the world.
▪ Craft fairs, local events, bands and art exhibitions will all be on offer.
▪ I tend to like to do it like local bands do.
▪ Madge Main bought an old building near her home to give a local band somewhere to practise.
▪ The local Aasen band performed a variety of pieces of music, including one that was specially composed for the occasion.
▪ A began making music at thirteen with local Cape bands, and was mostly noted for his singing.
▪ And trendsetters will almost certainly be talking about this week's U2 concert and the latest single from local band, Therapy.
▪ For 8 years she's hired out the old gym near her home to local bands.
▪ There are times when prejudice only contributes to conflict in the narrow band of outlook and experience where that prejudice exists.
▪ It is red-orange, with five or six narrow violet-blue bands on the sides.
▪ To perform well it has to be tightly targeted to cope with quite a narrow band of frequencies.
▪ So, fixed exchange rates or narrow bands simply do not allow countries the flexibility to solve their internal economic troubles.
▪ It shifted, became a narrow band of darkness, then widened again.
▪ A monochromator is a device for selecting a narrow band of wavelengths from a continuous spectrum.
▪ It is fun to create a pretty effect by sowing them in a narrow band, weaving between the brassicas like ribbon.
▪ We will put the pound into the narrow band of the Exchange Rate Mechanism.
▪ An average of 10 to 14 percent of the record's retail selling price is the average for a new band.
▪ At the first onset of this new band of warriors the Trojans wavered; they thought Achilles led them on.
▪ This labyrinthine venue is good for new bands and has sporadic club nights.
▪ Now that he's touring with a new band, Helm still opts to leave the past in the past.
▪ Soul searching Look no further for a hot new boy band.
▪ Other members of the Ramones have mentioned starting new bands or keeping a hand in the music business.
▪ Most new artists and bands aren't in a strong bargaining position.
▪ I never thought of us as a punk band, a metal band, or a new wave band.
▪ He entered the elite Waseda University, where he formed a rock band with some friends, but he later dropped out.
▪ We were the big rock band coming in to crush the little elite alternative festival.
▪ Aren't they a rock band?
▪ A.' s finest rock band.
▪ Their much-vaunted looser approach sees the band edging perilously towards becoming just another pop-#rock band.
▪ Thornton played in a rock band.
▪ Avoid rubber bands, spiky brushes and combs, and do cover up your hair in the sun.
▪ Receiver is attached to battery with servo tape - rubber bands are for added security.
▪ Each team was provided with crepe paper, pins, a needle, rubber band, a doily and a paper plate.
▪ Place a rubber band over your first and second fingers and hold your right hand facing downwards.
▪ Never use rubber bands to tie back your hair: it's a sure way to get hair breakage.
▪ Thérèse lifted out bunches of letters held together by rubber bands.
▪ I wear sweats and my hair is pulled from my face with a rubber band.
▪ Hold it in place with a rubber band.
▪ Trumpet players in dance bands possess many different sorts of mutes with a corresponding number of resultant timbres.
▪ Mart Kenney was a perfectionist, and his high standards set an example for scores of dance bands across the country.
▪ Radio brought entertainment to a mass audience, in particular light musical entertainment: it produced the age of the great dance bands.
▪ The dance band is playing, sounds like a military tune, certainly not like the local dances back home.
▪ The first dance band at the Show Room was made up of people in the dale and they called themselves the Arcadians.
▪ This gives us an unbalanced picture of dance band and jazz arrangements today.
▪ They're a dance band with a message, pleasure politicians with some Big Ideas.
▪ And somewhere, behind it all, a bland jazz band.
▪ They range from non-performing beginner groups to an auditioned jazz band that meets an hour before school starts.
▪ Young men formed neighbourhood jazz bands, creating uniforms out of crêpe paper and competing against one another for modest prices.
▪ At least the club had a good jazz band, and a first-class cabaret.
▪ Jazzy appeal: Recruits are wanted for the Lockwood Lions jazz band which was formed a year ago.
▪ We have, for instance, a jazz band and the more advanced patients do some very good playing.
▪ The only other band member was bass player, Keith Gregory.
▪ Spitzer said he was interested, met with parents of the band members and began making some plans.
▪ Gedge used the other band members as arbitrators of the material, especially Gregory who contributes his own bass lines to songs.
▪ By Nov. 18, band members delivered to the travel agent about $ 100, 000 to pay for the trip.
▪ The conservatism of the group's fans even spread to the band members themselves.
▪ When hiring band members, Lawrence always preferred less talented musicians of good character over brilliant musicians of unstable character.
▪ Probably, some band members will contribute more than others.
▪ Something of an all-star outfit, each band member is an accomplished musician with an impressive r sum and enormous talent.
▪ Nautical William are a pop band.
▪ A proper pop band, not a pretend one.
▪ Nomatterwhat they say, they're a pop band, and a damn fine one at that.
▪ If you say we're more of a pop band, then that's a compliment.
▪ It was a time when Madness seemed the most immortal of pop bands.
▪ High spot of the concert was a guest appearance by top pop band Shakatak.
▪ Other facilities include two swimming pools and nightly entertainment featuring steel bands, limbo dancing and calypso music.
▪ His cell was eight by fifteen with a solid oak door supported by steel bands.
▪ Read in studio A group of schoolchildren have formed their own Carribean steel band.
▪ Beeton Rumford staff then transformed the ship's hold, with a steel band, palms and exotic flowers.
▪ These human beasts of burden also wore heavy leg-irons chained to thick steel bands clamped around their waists.
▪ Last year, in a symbolic gesture, he introduced a 20p tax band.
▪ All taxpayers will benefit from the widening of the 10p income tax band.
▪ And all workers will get an extra £3 a week from the widening of the bottom-rate 10p income tax band.
▪ But the local council has put it in the highest council tax band - for houses worth at least three hundred thousand pounds.
Tax cuts through the increase in the 10p income tax band will mean everyone has a little more in their pocket.
▪ How will widening the 10p tax band be made to look like a tax cut for everybody?
▪ When you are forming a band, try to make sure that everyone involved shares the same commitment and dedication.
▪ I mean, I formed the band, and so I've accepted the responsibility.
▪ Meanwhile, Giap faced the task of forming guerrilla bands, which would ultimately become the core of an army.
▪ If these people are so keen on farming, why did they bother forming a band?
▪ He entered the elite Waseda University, where he formed a rock band with some friends, but he later dropped out.
▪ The resulting set of lines forms a band envelope.
▪ They've formed their own band, and have just released their first single.
▪ To top it all off, a girl wants to join the band!
▪ Support bands have yet to be confirmed, but Deep Joyn will join the band for most dates.
▪ I joined a band to achieve something, to go home with a record and show my mum and dad.
▪ He joined the Ellington band following the final departure of Sonny Greer from 1951-3.
▪ I make no apology for joining a distinguished band of predecessors.
▪ My parents had moved to the outskirts of Glasgow and I joined the local pipe band and met Duncan McIntyre.
▪ She knew Scathach's quest was for Bavduin, but he was not himself Jaguthin; he had merely joined the band.
▪ He briefly worked with Sonny Stitt and led his own band before military service, which ended in 1962.
▪ It seemed incredible; what would the Axis want with a bunch of small-town men and boys led by a band conductor?
▪ Many leading local Manchester bands have already bought into the site.
▪ The subject in all these photographs was Mr Greene, leading his band.
▪ Harry Pryce led the band and Andrew Allan produced, except on occasions when I was asked to handle the production.
▪ Within months he is leading a band and writing his own music.
▪ For the music to be led by a worship band seems to me to be more appropriate to our culture.
▪ The old town square was filled with people and the jubilant sound of the marching band as performers juggled fire.
▪ It started with a marching band, or at least the lingering sounds of one.
▪ Patriots march to brass bands, and firework displays are held in most cities.
▪ And people no longer look to the parties to provide them with parades, marching bands, and Thanksgiving turkeys.
▪ Fans watched highlights of the season on a large video screen as they waited for the players and marching bands.
▪ Another kind of KLEZmer group had the instrumentation of a small military or marching band.
▪ Klein says she stays involved as editor of her high school paper, and Nyberg makes friends in the school marching band.
▪ But he also is in a community symphony, plays in the school marching band, and writes music.
cult film/band/figure etc
▪ Brad Pitt in the cult film Fight Club was a fraudulent soap salesman.
▪ He became a cult figure in which notions of salvation by innocent suffering have a place.
▪ He is loved to the point of becoming a cult figure.
▪ He often introduces himself to boomer types as the B-string lyricist for that perennial underground cult band, the Grateful Dead.
▪ Healing spas were based on a local cult figure and the devotees underwent rituals which included bathing and communal eating.
▪ I start by telling him that he's quite the cult figure here in Annapolis, and he looks stunned.
▪ This, however, did not prevent him from becoming a cult figure among some of the Jacobins and other revolutionaries.
▪ Vanessa Nygaard is a cult figure waiting to happen, a gale-force personality blowing through Maples Pavilion.
gastric band
to beat the band
▪ It's raining to beat the band.
▪ a black snake with orange bands around its back
▪ a country-and-western band
▪ a small band of rebels
▪ a wide silk band
▪ an elastic band
▪ As you move into the higher income bands, the charges start to increase.
▪ How many bands of colour are there in a rainbow?
▪ There's a good band on Friday night at El Club.
▪ There are orange bands around the snake's back.
▪ There was a band of yellow in the rock.
▪ These changes will not affect people in the lowest tax band.
▪ As we taxied up and the motors were turned off, we could hear martial music from a khaki-clad military band.
▪ It is red-orange, with five or six narrow violet-blue bands on the sides.
▪ More importantly, they adapted to the conditions far more effectively than Gavin Hastings' band of teetotallers.
▪ The band were pleased with the excellent treatment they received from foreign promoters.
▪ The Sensational what band? he said.
▪ There are an orchestra, a concert band, an intermediate band and a 25-member jazz ensemble.
▪ But the traditional banana-producing countries are banding together to save their skins.
▪ Some of the storekeepers had banded together to hire their own detective force; so had the railroads and hotels.
▪ So desperate has the situation become that 18 estates have banded together and called in Dave Dunn.
▪ They were forced to band together because the city was doing nothing for them.
▪ They feel that they can band together with others in a kind of joint enterprise to beat the disease.
▪ Fortunately a small group of folk banded together determined to save the bird and the rescue operation began.
▪ They can band together into a little guerrilla action.
cult film/band/figure etc
▪ Brad Pitt in the cult film Fight Club was a fraudulent soap salesman.
▪ He became a cult figure in which notions of salvation by innocent suffering have a place.
▪ He is loved to the point of becoming a cult figure.
▪ He often introduces himself to boomer types as the B-string lyricist for that perennial underground cult band, the Grateful Dead.
▪ Healing spas were based on a local cult figure and the devotees underwent rituals which included bathing and communal eating.
▪ I start by telling him that he's quite the cult figure here in Annapolis, and he looks stunned.
▪ This, however, did not prevent him from becoming a cult figure among some of the Jacobins and other revolutionaries.
▪ Vanessa Nygaard is a cult figure waiting to happen, a gale-force personality blowing through Maples Pavilion.
gastric band
▪ But her caramel hair was lighter than Mitchell recalled, and drastically shorter, banded into a cool ponytail.
▪ Sometimes the whole body of the fish is banded with vertical marks, one of which conveniently blots out the real eye.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Band \Band\ (b[a^]nd), n. [OE. band, bond, Icel. band; akin to G., Sw., & D. band, OHG. bant, Goth. bandi, Skr. bandha a binding, bandh to bind, for bhanda, bhandh, also to E. bend, bind. In sense 7, at least, it is fr. F. bande, from OHG. bant. [root]90. See Bind, v. t., and cf. Bend, Bond, 1st Bandy.]

  1. A fillet, strap, or any narrow ligament with which a thing is encircled, or fastened, or by which a number of things are tied, bound together, or confined; a fetter.

    Every one's bands were loosed.
    --Acts xvi. 26.

  2. (Arch.)

    1. A continuous tablet, stripe, or series of ornaments, as of carved foliage, of color, or of brickwork, etc.

    2. In Gothic architecture, the molding, or suite of moldings, which encircles the pillars and small shafts.

  3. That which serves as the means of union or connection between persons; a tie. ``To join in Hymen's bands.''

  4. A linen collar or ruff worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.

  5. pl. Two strips of linen hanging from the neck in front as part of a clerical, legal, or academic dress.

  6. A narrow strip of cloth or other material on any article of dress, to bind, strengthen, ornament, or complete it. ``Band and gusset and seam.''

  7. A company of persons united in any common design, especially a body of armed men.

    Troops of horsemen with his bands of foot.

  8. A number of musicians who play together upon portable musical instruments, especially those making a loud sound, as certain wind instruments (trumpets, clarinets, etc.), and drums, or cymbals; as, a high school's marching band.

  9. (Bot.) A space between elevated lines or ribs, as of the fruits of umbelliferous plants.

  10. (Zo["o]l.) A stripe, streak, or other mark transverse to the axis of the body.

  11. (Mech.) A belt or strap.

  12. A bond. [Obs.] ``Thy oath and band.''

  13. Pledge; security. [Obs.]

    Band saw, a saw in the form of an endless steel belt, with teeth on one edge, running over wheels.

    big band, a band that is the size of an orchestra, usually playing mostly jazz or swing music. The big band typically features both ensemble and solo playing, sometimes has a lead singer, and is often located in a night club where the patrons may dance to its music. The big bands were popular from the late 1920's to the 1940's. Contrasted with combo, which has fewer players.


Band \Band\ (b[a^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banded; p. pr. & vb. n. Banding.]

  1. To bind or tie with a band.

  2. To mark with a band.

  3. To unite in a troop, company, or confederacy. ``Banded against his throne.''

    Banded architrave, Banded pier, Banded shaft, etc. (Arch.), an architrave, pier, shaft, etc., of which the regular profile is interrupted by blocks or projections crossing it at right angles.


Band \Band\, v. i. To confederate for some common purpose; to unite; to conspire together.

Certain of the Jews banded together.
--Acts xxiii. 12.


Band \Band\, v. t. To bandy; to drive away. [Obs.]


Band \Band\, imp. of Bind. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"an organized group," late 15c., from Middle French bande, which is traceable to the Proto-Germanic root of band (n.1), probably via a band of cloth worn as a mark of identification by a group of soldiers or others (compare 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.


1520s, "to bind or fasten;" also "to join in a company," from band (n.1) and (n.2) in various noun senses, and partly from French bander. The meaning "to affix an ID band to (a wild animal, etc.)" is attested from 1914. Related: Banded; banding.


"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 early 12c., from Old Norse band "thin strip that ties or constrains," from Proto-Germanic *bindan, from PIE *bendh- "to bind" (cognates: Gothic bandi "that which binds; Sanskrit bandhah "a tying, bandage," source of bandana; Middle Irish bainna "bracelet;" see bend (v.), bind (v.)). Most of the figurative senses of this word have passed into bond (n.), which originally was a phonetic variant of this band.\n

\nThe meaning "a flat strip" (late 14c.) is from Old French bande "strip, edge, side," via Old North French bende, from Old High German binda, from Proto-Germanic *bindan (see above). In Middle English, 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 late 15c.; the electronics sense of "range of frequencies or wavelengths" is from 1922. The Old North French form was retained in heraldic bend. Band saw is recorded from 1864.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A strip of material used for strengthening or coupling. 2 # A strip of material wrapped around things to hold them together. vb. 1 To fasten with a band. 2 (context ornithology English) To fasten an identifying band around the leg of (a bird). Etymology 2

n. 1 A group of musicians who perform together as an ensemble. 2 A type of orchestra originally playing janissary music. 3 A marching band. 4 A group of people loosely united for a common purpose (qualifier: a band of thieves). 5 (context anthropology English) A small group of people living in a simple society. 6 (context Canada English) A group of aboriginals that has official recognition as an organized unit by the federal government of Canad

  1. v

  2. (context intransitive English) To group together for a common purpose; to confederate.

  1. v. bind or tie together, as with a band

  2. attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify; "ring birds"; "band the geese to observe their migratory patterns" [syn: ring]

  1. n. an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot" [syn: set, circle, lot]

  2. instrumentalists not including string players

  3. a stripe of contrasting color; "chromosomes exhibit characteristic bands" [syn: stria, striation]

  4. a strip or stripe of a contrasting color or material [syn: banding, stripe]

  5. a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing [syn: dance band, dance orchestra]

  6. a range of frequencies between two limits

  7. something elongated that is worn around the body or one of the limbs

  8. jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger; "she had rings on every finger"; "he noted that she wore a wedding band" [syn: ring]

  9. a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration) [syn: ring]

  10. a restraint put around something to hold it together


Band or BAND may refer to:


Bánd is a village in Veszprém county, Hungary.

Band (surname)

Band is a surname of German origin and may refer to:

  • Albert Band (1924–2002), film director and producer
  • Alex Band (born 1981), musician
  • Charles Band (born 1951), film director, writer and producer
  • David Louis Band (1957–2009), astronomer
  • Doug Band (born 1972), aide and counselor
  • George Band (1929-2011), British mountaineer
  • Jonathon Band (born 1950), First Sea Lord
  • Max Band (1901–1974), landscape artist
  • Richard Band (born 1953), composer
BAND (application)

BAND is a mobile community application that facilitates group communication. Created by Camp Mobile, the service is available on iOS, Android, and Desktop.

Users can create separate spaces for communicating with different groups depending on the purpose. Types of groups include existing circles such as friends, families, campus groups, teams, and clubs as well as interest-based groups, like hobbyists, gamers, and fans, which are also searchable within the app. BAND is a wildly popular social app in Korea whose number of monthly active user has surpassed that of Facebook in June, 2014 according to Nielson-Korean Click.

As of September, 2015, BAND surpassed 50 million downloads.

Band (mathematics)

In mathematics, a band (also called idempotent semigroup) is a semigroup in which every element is idempotent (in other words equal to its own square). Bands were first studied and named by ; the lattice of varieties of bands was described independently in the early 1970s by Biryukov, Fennemore and Gerhard. Semilattices, left-zero bands, right-zero bands, rectangular bands, normal bands, left-regular bands, right-regular bands and regular bands, specific subclasses of bands which lie near the bottom of this lattice, are of particular interest and are briefly described below.

Band (rock and pop)

A rock band or pop band is a small musical ensemble which performs rock music, pop music or a related genre. The four-piece band is the most common configuration in rock and pop music. Before the development of the electronic keyboard, the configuration was typically two guitarists (a lead guitarist and a rhythm guitarist, with one of them singing lead vocals), a bassist, and a drummer (e.g. Avenged Sevenfold, KISS, Franz Ferdinand). Another common formation is a vocalist who does not play an instrument, electric guitarist, bass guitarist, and a drummer (e.g. The Who, The Monkees, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and U2). Instrumentally, these bands can be considered as trios.

The smallest ensemble that is commonly used in rock music is the trio format. Two-member rock and pop bands are relatively rare, because of the difficulty in providing all of the musical elements which are part of the rock or pop sound (vocals, chords, bass lines, and percussion or drumming). In a hard rock or blues-rock band, or heavy metal rock group, a "power trio" format is often used, which consists of an electric guitar player, an electric bass guitar player and a drummer, and typically one or more of these musicians also sing (sometimes all three members will sing, e.g. Bee Gees or Alkaline Trio). Some well-known power trios with the guitarist on lead vocals are The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Nirvana, The Jam, and ZZ Top.

Usage examples of "band".

Station 1 had a modest-sized accelerator ring grappled to it, like a gold band attached to a diamond.

Sachs dressed in the white Tyvek suit and accessorized with rubber bands around her feet.

His real mission, of course, is to convince some other band, somewhere else, that he is a genius acoustician who has developed the ultimate amplifier and that Doggone amps are the only amps that any hip band can possibly consider.

Separated bands of cousins went their diverging genetic ways, adapting to new challenges, discovering diverse techniques for living.

Data first met Darryl Adin and his band of mercenaries, who at that time had been operating outside the Federation.

Carnia were up in arms, that numerous bands of robbers had descended from the mountains of Ziccola and Agrapha, and had made their appearance on the other side of the gulf, they resolved to proceed by water to Prevesa, and having presented an order which they had received from Ali Pasha, for the use of his galliot, she was immediately fitted out to convey them.

The aisle windows have ogee gables above them with finials, and immediately above them a band of panelling running right across the exterior buttresses.

The largest of those was taller than Alayne, with iron bands girding its dark brown staves.

Lonely Hearts Club Band, they went for the ultimate reduction: The Beatles, an album title that, oddly enough, they had not used before.

White Album in 1968 and reflects the dissension and troubled atmosphere within the band at the time.

You must move your assemblage point, unaided by anyone, and align another great band of emanations.

In such an arrangement, bubbles that are close to the edges of the band miss altogether the emanations that are in the center of the band, which are shared only by bubbles that are aligned with the center.

As minister of Kirk Aller he was the metropolitan of the company, and as became a townsman he wore decent black with bands, and boasted a hat.

Cassidy was reminded of all the backstage fights he had been part of, back in the days when he still had a band: then the times when he was too fucked up on drugs to go out and play, when Jaime and Amad and the session men would haul him away from the mike and into the wings, demanding to know whether he had broken his vow to stay straight for this one gig.

All of half a mile in diameter was this shaft, and ringed regularly along its height by wide amethystine bands -- like rings of a hollow piston.