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rib·bon

(rib'ŏn),
A ribbon-shaped structure.
[M. E. riban]
Histology A series of consecutive slices of tissue held together by a thin layer of paraffin
Popular health A strip of flat cloth, usually satin, with a single loop; the use of ribbons to signify awareness or support of a disease or cause began with the red ribbon, signifying AIDS awareness, and has continued with myriad other colours and causes.

ribbon

Vox populi A strip of satin in a single loop; ribbonmania began with the red ribbon, signifying AIDS awareness; it has continued ad absurdum with its wearers lending their maudlin support to virtually every disease, cause, and hackneyed do-gooder catchphrase in every known color

rib·bon

(rib'ŏn)
A ribbon-shaped structure.
[M. E. riban]
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WAYNE EASTBURN / The Register-Guard Fanfare for new thoroughfare Carlos Burgos, 3, (left) and Alexis Cross, 6, with help from Mayor Jim Torrey, cut the ribbon for the official opening of Broadway on Friday evening.
Customer Sandra Durrans, who cut the ribbon to officially open the premises, said: "The building they have moved into holds a lot of dear memories.
SCHOOLKIDS helped to cut the ribbon at the official opening of a new Sainsbury's Local and petrol station in Balsall Common.
Students welcomed BCC Tees's Bob Fischer to cut the ribbon on the new facility.
Cian Simmons cut the ribbon at his newly refurbished special school - Northern House School in Oxford - where Mr Cameron was opening six new classrooms.
Joan Getlisse, the shop's longest-serving volunteer, will cut the ribbon at 10:30am.
BROADCASTER Roy Noble OBE will give a talk and cut the ribbon at the official opening of new retirement flats on Thursday.
PALMDALE -- Air Force Plant 42 officials cut the ribbon Friday on a new fire station vehicle bay, the first project of an $8 million effort to update the 6,500-employee installation's firefighting facilities.
Partners Dan Newell, who ran a Sudbury insurance and health-benefits business for 25 years, and Dave Campbell, a retired United Steelworkers president at Inco, intend to cut the ribbon on a new medical clinic this September.
to cut the ribbon on the bank's new branch office in Penn Hills.
The Duke of York will cut the ribbon at a ceremony marking the official dedication of the reconstructed distillery, highlighting the Scottish connection to George Washington's successful distilling enterprise.