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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.

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(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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


a long thin flexible band of metal used as a graduated measure, spring, etc.
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(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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New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, center, cuts the ribbon at Huguenot Hill, the new town home condominium complex in New Rochelle.
Top Center: Legacy Village Provo Executive Director Jared Nye (left) applauds as the facility's first resident, Janice Gourdin (center), cuts the ribbon on Legacy Village, located at 4146 N.
| Charlie Sowerby (left) cuts the ribbon at the new cafe with Tour de |France veteran Brian Robinson (centre left) with proprietors, Dave Sowerby
Studentes in Trinity Sixth form College's new media centre, above, and, below, Bob Fischer from BBC Tees cuts the ribbon 160913MEDIA_01 PETER REIMANN
FLYING VISIT The Lord Lieutenant cuts the ribbon, watched by guests at the ceremony yesterday
CUTTING IT: Lord Mayor of Coventry Tim Sawdon cuts the ribbon at the new bereavement centre at University Hospital with (left to right) bereavement services manager Pamela Martin, Adela Shephard from the UHCW Charity, University Hospital chief executive Andy Hardy and Julie Boon, whose parents both died from leukaemia at the hospital
Star of the show: Cian Simmons cuts the ribbon at Northern House School yesterday
BIG DAY: Suzanne Collins with daughter Mya cuts the ribbon and declares the new centre open
Ellen Plante (red dress), principal broker at Engel and Volkers, cuts the ribbon on a new Office location on West Street, with St.