from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Music intended for or made by a brass or military band.


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  • In summer it was never quite dark, and then I went up-stairs to my own quarter of the long dormitory, opened my own casement (that chamber was lit by five casements large as great doors), and leaning out, looked forth upon the city beyond the garden, and listened to band-music from the park or the palace-square, thinking meantime my own thoughts, living my own life, in my own still, shadow-world.


  • Down the lantern-hung Promenade, snatches of band-music floated above the hum of the crowd and the soft tossing of boughs in dusky gardens; and between these gardens and the backs of the stands there flowed a stream of people in whom the vociferous carnival mood seemed tempered by the growing languor of the season.

    The House of Mirth

  • The gay tumult of the tensely-strung multitude was in their ears, the band-music crashed blatant aid to the excitement.

    From the Car Behind

  • The first note of band-music was wafted to her ear, and the roll of wheels announced the return of the church-goers.

    Half a Hero A Novel

  • Furthermore, Captain Tolliver, magniloquently enthusiastic, took charge of the cheering, artillery, and band-music, and made a tumultuous success of it.

    Aladdin & Co. A Romance of Yankee Magic

  • Further distracting Austrian band-music was going by.

    Vittoria — Volume 3

  • They sat a long half-hour, that thumped itself out like an alarm-bell, under the poplars, by the clamouring Passeyr, watching the roll and spring of the waters, and the radiant foam, while band-music played to a great company of visitors, and sounds of thunder drew near.

    Vittoria — Volume 5

  • And it was rather vexatious to see girls dancing in good time to the band-music.

    One of Our Conquerors — Volume 3

  • And Henrietta might be at home, he was reminded by hearing band-music as he followed the directions to the house named Stoneridge.

    The Amazing Marriage — Volume 5

  • I 'd have band-music here for a couple of hours, three days of the week at the least; and down in the East; and that forsaken North quarter of London; and the Baptist South too.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith


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