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ribbon,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.
ribbon(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.