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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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Campbell today cuts the ribbon and unveils the company's new worldwide headquarters building in Campbell, California.
BACK IN CLASS: Jean Walters cuts the ribbon watched by children, vice-chairman of Governors Dr Nasim Hasnie, head Dr Mujahid Ali and reading friend volunteer Shaheen Nazam.
IT'S GREAT UP HERE: Cllr John McPartland, right, says the Big Wheel, left, is an experience people will never forget Picture by DOUG MOODY VIP TICKET TO RIDE: Anya Robinson, six, cuts the ribbon with TFM's Wayne Allen, right, before taking to a pod with nana Barbara Robinson, above Pictures by IAN COOPER
Elaine Carr cuts the ribbon in front of shoppers with (right) head of retail Janice Smith and volunteer Paulette Bagley.
Rosina Hull cuts the ribbon at the new shop at Abbey Park Nursing Home, with the help of manager Jo Pohl and Mike Alexander-Neale.
CIVIC GUEST: Clr Eric Firth, Mayor of Kirklees, cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Travelodge at Leeds Road, Huddersfield, with hotel manager Greg Merrill (right) and staff members
OPENING: Jordan Calvert cuts the ribbon to open the Celevarc garden
Lord Mayor Cllr Dave Batten cuts the ribbon with (left) Lloyds TSB senior business manager Gary Saxon and area director Chris Tucker.
Councillor David Hunt cuts the ribbon, with Liz Tompkin, head of housing at Redditch Borough Council.