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[rib-band, rib-uh nd, -uh n]
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  1. Also ribbon. Shipbuilding. a strip of wood or metal running fore-and-aft along frames to keep them in the proper position until the shell planking or plating is in place.
  2. Carpentry. ribbon(def 8).

Origin of ribband1

First recorded in 1705–15; rib1 + band2


[rib-uh nd]
noun Heraldry.
  1. riband.
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Examples from the Web for ribband

Historical Examples

  • E'er shall avail her neck to begird with yesterday's ribband.

    The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus

    Caius Valerius Catullus

  • In ship-building, is a ribband placed between the floor and the keel.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • When I reach Drumcairn, I will have a ribband and suspend it round my neck.

  • Cockade is a ribband worn in the hat, as defined by Dr. Johnson.

  • "The ribband worn in the hat" was styled "a favour" previous to the Scotch Covenanters' nick-naming it a cockade.

Word Origin and History for ribband


1711, in shipbuilding, from rib (n.) + band (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper