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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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Children from Balsall Common Primary School cut the ribbon to open the new Sainsbury's Local, watched by the Mayor of Solihull Joe Tildesley.
Lynne McMahon, British Red Cross retail operations manager, will cut the ribbon at 10:30am.
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 George Illingworth cut the ribbon at Scoota Mart, in The Square.
Boro mascot Roary The Lion and Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough's executive member for economic development, were among those invited to cut the ribbon.
Father Francis Dickinson, from the Abbey Roman Catholic Parish in Erdington, cut the ribbon.
We are giving you the chance to join honoured guest Timothy West, pictured right, at the glittering ceremony on Friday, August 31, and cut the ribbon to declare the development officially open.
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.
So Echo photographer Malcolm Morgan came to the rescue and gave the first minister a pen knife to cut the ribbon.
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.

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