ribbon

ribbon
ribbonlike, ribbony, adj.
/rib"euhn/, n.
1. a woven strip or band of fine material, as silk or rayon, varying in width and finished off at the edges, used for ornament, tying, etc.
2. material in such strips.
3. anything resembling or suggesting a ribbon or woven band.
4. a band of inked material used in a typewriter, adding machine, etc., that supplies ink for printing the figure on the striking typeface onto the paper beneath.
5. a strip of material, as satin or rayon, being or representing a medal or similar decoration, esp. a military one: an overseas ribbon.
6. ribbons,
a. torn or ragged strips; shreds: clothes torn to ribbons.
b. reins for driving.
7. a long, thin flexible band of metal, as for a spring, a band saw, or a tapeline.
8. Also, ribband. Also called ledger, ledger board, ribbon strip. Carpentry. a thin horizontal piece let into studding to support the ends of joists.
9. Archit. came2.
10. Also, ribband. Naut. a distinctive narrow band or stripe painted along the exterior of a hull.
11. Shipbuilding. ribband1 (def. 1).
v.t.
12. to adorn with ribbon.
13. to mark with something suggesting ribbon.
14. to separate into ribbonlike strips.
v.i.
15. to form in ribbonlike strips. Also riband (for defs. 8, 10).
[1520-30; var. of ME riban(d) < OF, var. of R(e)uban, perh. < Gmc. See BAND2]

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  • ribbon — [rib′ən] n. [ME riban < MFr riban, ruban < ? MDu ringband, collar < ring,RING2 + band, akin to BAND1] 1. a) a narrow strip of silk, rayon, velvet, etc. finished at the edges and of various widths, used for decoration, tying things, etc.… …   English World dictionary

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