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ribbon US English

A long, narrow strip of fabric, used especially for tying something or for decoration

ribbon US Thesaurus

a hat decorated with red and white ribbons

baby ribbon US English

Narrow ribbon used for decorative purposes; a piece of this.

blue ribbon US English

A badge made of blue ribbon and given as first prize to the winner of a competition

love ribbon US English

A narrow gauze ribbon with satin stripes.

red ribbon US English

An award given for coming in second in a competition

ribbon-back US English

A type of seat having a back panel carved or shaped to form a pattern resembling ribbons and bows; a back panel of this type.

ribbon bed US English

Geology a bed comprising narrow horizontal layers of rock.

ribbon cane US English

Any of several varieties of sugar cane having stalks with red or purplish vertical stripes; formerly also called †riband cane.

ribbon coil US English

A coil comprising a flat wound length of metal, typically copper.

ribbon copy US English

A letter, document, etc., printed directly from a typewriter ribbon; an original copy of a typed letter or document.

ribbon fern US English

Any of various ferns having ribbon-like fronds, especially (in later use) the adder's tongue Ophioglossum pendulum.

ribbon gum US English

Any of several eucalypts having bark that peels in strips; especially the manna gum, Eucalyptus viminalis.

ribbon knit US English

A garment produced by knitting with ribbon or a ribbon-like yarn.

ribbon knot US English

A piece of ribbon knotted in the middle and used for decorative purposes.

ribbon lake US English

A long narrow lake, typically formed by glacial erosion.

ribbon mike US English

= ribbon microphone.

ribbon seal US English

A small seal, Histriophoca (or Phoca) fasciata (family Phocidae), which is dark brown with several prominent whitish bands and occurs locally in subarctic areas of the North Pacific.

ribbon weed US English

A brown alga of the genera Fucus or Laminaria.

ribbon worm US English

A chiefly aquatic worm with an elongated, unsegmented, flattened body that is typically brightly colored and tangled in knots, and a long proboscis for catching food

rune ribbon US English

A carved area on a stone in which runes are engraved.

green ribbon US English

A ribbon of green colour worn as the badge of the Levellers during the English Civil War (1642–8), and of the associated King's Head Club (founded 1675); frequently attributive in Green Ribbon Club (the later name of the King's Head Club), green ribbon man. Now historical.

medal ribbon US English

A ribbon of specific colours and design for attaching a particular medal or for wearing without a medal.

paper ribbon US English

= paper tape.

razor ribbon US English

= razor wire.

ribbon-backed US English

(Of a seat) having a back panel carved or shaped to form a pattern resembling ribbons and bows.

ribbon block US English

A spool on which ribbon, lace, etc., is wound.

ribbon border US English

A decorative border suggestive of a ribbon; specifically a narrow strip of ground planted with flowers, shrubs, etc., used as a border in a garden.

ribbon cable US English

A cable for transmitting electronic signals consisting of several insulated wires connected together to form a flat ribbon

ribbon chute US English

= ribbon parachute.

ribbon clerk US English

A person who sells ribbons or other small items, typically in a department store; a shop assistant; (in extended use) an amateurish or unadventurous person.

ribbon figure US English

= ribbon grain.

ribbon grain US English

A stripe that is visible in the grain of mahogany and certain other hardwoods when quarter-sawn; frequently attributive.

ribbon grass US English

Another term for tape grass.

ribbon plant US English

Any of several plants typically having narrow, variegated strap-like leaves; especially the spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum, and the tropical plant Dracaena sanderiana, both commonly grown as house plants.

ribbon shirt US English

A type of shirt decorated with ribbons, worn by members of certain North American Indian groups as part of their traditional costume.

ribbon snake US English

Any of several snakes with very slender bodies; specifically either of two striped North American colubrid snakes, Thamnophis sauritus and T. proximus, which are related to the garter snakes.

ribbon weaver US English

A person who weaves ribbons, especially as an occupation.

lingual ribbon US English

The odontophore or radula of a mollusc.

cut a ribbon US English

Perform an opening ceremony, typically by formally cutting a ribbon across the entrance to somewhere

ribbon building US English

= ribbon development.

ribbon cutting US English

A ceremonial or formal opening of a building, road, etc., originally and especially by means of cutting a ribbon stretched across the entrance; frequently attributive, especially in ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Ribbon Society US English

A Loyalist secret society formed in the north and northwest of Ireland early in the 19th cent. in direct opposition to the Orange Order.

magnesium ribbon US English

A thin strip or wire of magnesium prepared for burning.

Petersham ribbon US English

A corded tape used in dressmaking and millinery for stiffening.

Ribbon Association US English

= Ribbon Society.

ribbon cartridge US English

A pick-up cartridge on a gramophone or record player that works on the same principle as a ribbon microphone.

ribbon-developed US English

(Of a road, piece of land, etc.) forming a ribbon development; that has houses, etc., built along it.

ribbon development US English

The building of houses along a main road, especially one leading out of a town or city

ribbon lightning US English

Lightning with multiple strokes in which strong winds blow each successive stroke away from the previous one, producing a ribbon-like sheet of light.

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