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relatively narrow width of woven fabric edged with selvage. Ribbons have been used for centuries as girdles, headdresses, and badges and for ornamentation. At first called ribbands, they were narrow strips of cloth which were attached to a garment to form borders. The modern ribbon with two selvages was known after 1500; at first it was reserved for the wealthy. In the 17th cent. ribbons were highly fashionable and were used profusely on every part of the costume. The blue and red ribbons, which have since become awards of merit, at first indicated the Orders of the Garter and the Bath, respectively, in England. The French Legion of Honor is symbolized by a watered red ribbon and a medalmedal,
a piece of metal, cast or struck, often coin-shaped. The obverse and reverse bear bas-relief and inscription. Commemorative medals are issued in memory of a notable person or event.
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a decoration representing orders and medals of the USSR, as adopted by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on June 19, 1943. A ribbon of a specified color and design has been adopted for every order and medal. Orders and medals of the USSR, which are worn over the left breast, are attached to the clothing by a bar wrapped with a particular ribbon. To wear the ribbon instead of the order or medal, special rectangular bar pins wrapped with the corresponding ribbon have been adopted. Those orders worn on the right side of the chest without bars have also been assigned ribbons. In this case bar pins are worn. Bar pins of all orders and medals are worn over the left breast. No ribbons have been instituted for the Orders of Mother Heroine and Glory of Motherhood or for the Medal of Motherhood. The ribbons of the Gold Star and Hammer and Sickle medals are always worn with their medals. Orders in foreign countries also have ribbons.


(building construction)
A horizontal piece of wood nailed to the face of studs; usually used to support the floor joists.
(graphic arts)
A narrow band of inked fabric in a typewriter or other printing machine with which type is printed by striking keys against it.
The plane figure generated by a straight line which moves so that it is always perpendicular to the path traced by its middle point.
One of a set of parallel bands in a rock or mineral.


2. A long thin strip of wood, or a series of such strips uniting several parts.
3. In stained glass work or the like, a strip or bar of lead to hold the edge of the glass. Also called a came.


a long thin flexible band of metal used as a graduated measure, spring, etc.


(1) See ribbon cable.

(2) (Ribbon) A revised interface in Microsoft Office applications. See Office Ribbon.

(3) A band of fabric or flexible plastic material that holds ink or dye. It is used to transfer the ink to paper for printing.
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Richard Berg-Rust, director of development at the Theatre Royal said: "Not only will the winner join Timothy West to cut the ribbon at the launch, they will also take their place in the Theatre Royal's long and rich history.
Lawrence Crees, managing director of Clever Machines' first client Genial Genetic Solutions, cut the ribbon to declare the facility officially open.
Jeter and two elementary school pupils cut the ribbon during a recent ceremony to signify the installation of the observation deck and informational signs placed along the walking path that loops around some of ponds.
Lewis last week cut the ribbon on Sears Holdings' new design offices for its apparel lines in Lower Manhattan.
Over the last 12 years he has cut the ribbon on many new enterprises promising hundreds of new jobs only to have deals fall flat and the businesses never materialize.
On hand to cut the ribbon at the 300th restaurant celebration was Julio Ramirez, president, Latin America/Caribbean Region for Burger King Corporation, along with representatives from the company's subsidiary in Mexico, Burger King Mexicana, S.
Clr Bolt cut the ribbon before taking the driver's seat in a forklift at the Brookfield site to load up one of the company's liveried trucks.
Coun Tim Sawdon cut the ribbon at the development and helped welcome more than 400 people to have a look round and see plans.
College principal Mike Hopkins and TFM's Wayne Allen were on hand to cut the ribbon.
Bosses at Acorns Children's Hospice cut the ribbon to mark the start of a new era for its shop in Castle Bromwich, which has had a facelift.
Dozens of single parents turned out to see the star cut the ribbon and officially declare the Old Swan centre open.
City officials cut the ribbon this week to open a newly constructed $4.

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