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ribbon (ˈrɪbən)
1.  a narrow strip of fine material, esp silk, used for trimming, tying, etc
2.  something resembling a ribbon; a long strip: a ribbon of land
3.  a long thin flexible band of metal used as a graduated measure, spring, etc
4.  a long narrow strip of ink-impregnated cloth for making the impression of type characters on paper in a typewriter or similar device
5.  (plural) ragged strips or shreds (esp in the phrase torn to ribbons)
6.  a small strip of coloured cloth signifying membership of an order or award of military decoration, prize, or other distinction
7.  a small, usually looped, strip of coloured cloth worn to signify support for a charity or cause: a red AIDS ribbon
8.  to adorn with a ribbon or ribbons
9.  to mark with narrow ribbon-like marks
10.  to reduce to ribbons; tear into strips
[C14 ryban, from Old French riban, apparently of Germanic origin; probably related to ring1, band²]

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