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 for ribbon
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ribbon \Rib"bon\, n. [OE. riban, OF. riban, F. ruban, probably
     of German origin; cf. D. ringband collar, necklace, E. ring
     circle, and band.] [Written also riband, ribband.]
     1. A fillet or narrow woven fabric, commonly of silk, used
        for trimming some part of a woman's attire, for badges,
        and other decorative purposes.
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     2. A narrow strip or shred; as, a steel or magnesium ribbon;
        sails torn to ribbons.
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     3. (Shipbuilding) Same as Rib-band.
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     4. pl. Driving reins. [Cant] --London Athenaeum.
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     5. (Her.) A bearing similar to the bend, but only one eighth
        as wide.
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     6. (Spinning) A silver.
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     Note: The blue ribbon, and The red ribbon, are phrases often
           used to designate the British orders of the Garter and
           of the Bath, respectively, the badges of which are
           suspended by ribbons of these colors. See Blue
           ribbon, under Blue.
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     Ribbon fish. (Zool.)
        (a) Any elongated, compressed, ribbon-shaped marine fish
            of the family Trachypteridae, especially the species
            of the genus Trachypterus, and the oarfish
            ({Regelecus Banksii) of the North Atlantic, which is
            sometimes over twenty feet long.
        (b) The hairtail, or bladefish.
        (c) A small compressed marine fish of the genus Cepola,
            having a long, slender, tapering tail. The European
            species ({Cepola rubescens) is light red throughout.
            Called also band fish.
     Ribbon grass (Bot.), a variety of reed canary grass having
        the leaves stripped with green and white; -- called also
        Lady's garters. See Reed grass, under Reed.
     Ribbon seal (Zool.), a North Pacific seal ({Histriophoca
        fasciata). The adult male is dark brown, conspicuously
        banded and striped with yellowish white.
     Ribbon snake (Zool.), a common North American snake
        ({Eutainia saurita). It is conspicuously striped with
        bright yellow and dark brown.
     Ribbon Society, a society in Ireland, founded in the early
        part of the 19th century in antagonism to the Orangemen.
        It afterwards became an organization of tennant farmers
        banded together to prevent eviction by landlords. It took
        its name from the green ribbon worn by members as a badge.
     Ribborn worm. (Zool.)
        (a) A tapeworm.
        (b) A nemertean.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ribbon \Rib"bon\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ribboned; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Ribboning.]
     To adorn with, or as with, ribbons; to mark with stripes
     resembling ribbons.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any long object resembling a thin line; "a mere ribbon of
           land"; "the lighted ribbon of traffic"; "from the air the
           road was a grey thread"; "a thread of smoke climbed upward"
           [syn: ribbon, thread]
      2: an award for winning a championship or commemorating some
         other event [syn: decoration, laurel wreath, medal,
         medallion, palm, ribbon]
      3: a long strip of inked material for making characters on paper
         with a typewriter [syn: ribbon, typewriter ribbon]
      4: notion consisting of a narrow strip of fine material used for

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  151 Moby Thesaurus words for "ribbon":
     Mystik tape, Scotch tape, X ray, actinic ray, actinism,
     adhesive tape, arch, atomic beam, atomic ray, band, bandage,
     bandeau, barrow, batten, bead, beam, beam of light, bejewel, belt,
     beribbon, bespangle, blue ribbon, boundary stone, brass, bust,
     cairn, cellophane tape, cenotaph, cloth tape, column, cordon,
     cordon bleu, cromlech, cross, cup, cyclolith, decoration,
     decoration of honor, diamond, dolmen, engrave, fascia, feather,
     figure, filigree, fillet, flag, flounce, flower, footstone,
     friction tape, gamma ray, garland, garter, gem, girdle, gleam,
     gold star, grand cordon, grave, gravestone, headstone, hoarstone,
     illuminate, infrared ray, inscription, invisible radiation, jewel,
     lath, leam, ligula, ligule, list, marker, masking tape, mausoleum,
     megalith, memento, memorial, memorial arch, memorial column,
     memorial statue, memorial stone, menhir, monolith, monument, mound,
     necrology, obelisk, obituary, order, ornament, paint, patch,
     pencil, photon, pillar, plank, plaque, plastic tape, plume, prize,
     pyramid, radiation, radiorays, ray, ray of light, red ribbon,
     reliquary, remembrance, riband, ribband, ribbon of light,
     rostral column, shaft, shred, shrine, slat, slip, solar rays,
     spangle, spill, spline, star, stela, stone, strake, strap, streak,
     stream, stream of light, streamer, strip, stripe, strop, stupa,
     tablet, taenia, tape, tape measure, tapeline, testimonial,
     ticker tape, tinsel, tomb, tombstone, tope, trophy,
     ultraviolet ray, violet ray, wreathe

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