a fabric band worn around the upper arm as a badge or symbol; brassard.

1790–1800; arm1 + band2 Unabridged
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armband (ˈɑːmˌbænd)
1.  a band of material worn round the arm, such as one bearing an identifying mark, etc, or a black one indicating mourning
2.  an inflatable buoyancy aid, worn on the upper arm of a person learning to swim
3.  an elasticated band worn round the upper arm to keep the shirtsleeve in place

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Options include armband straps, holsters, and tripods.
And the armband was designed and constructed with the thermo sensor and the
  signal communication unit.
Decorative elements, such as the armband, helped mask the joins.
However, school officials feel that the armband is disruptive and unpatriotic.
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