from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A band worn around the head.
  • n. Printing An ornamental strip at the top of a page or beginning of a chapter or paragraph.
  • n. Printing A cloth band attached to the top of the spine of a book.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a strip of fabric worn around the head
  • n. a hair-accessory, made of a flexible material and curved like a horseshoe, for holding one's hair back.
  • n. a strip of fabric attached to the top of the spine of a book; used as decoration and reinforcement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fillet; a band for the head.
  • n. The band at each end of the back of a book.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To attach a head-band to (the inner back of a book) in the process of binding.
  • n. A fillet; a band for the head.
  • n. In printing: A thin slip of iron on the tympan of a printing-press.
  • n. A band of decoration, usually engraved, at the head of a chapter or at the top of a page.
  • n. In bookbinding, a sewed cord placed at the head and tail of the inner back of a well-bound book as a decoration and to make the inner back as long as the outer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a band worn around or over the head


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head +‎ band


  • The subject of Headbands and how to make them came up on the Book Arts list. (the headband is the doohickey on the top pf the spine that is supposed to protect the spine of the book when you tug on it.)

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  • (Basic, but all very pretty; the first two are baby alpaca in jewel tones, and the headband is sari silk.)

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  • The headband is just some team unity that we're trying to show, a bond in our closeness.

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  • Davis and Eddie Robinson, the only two Hornets who wore headbands regularly this season, and Jamal Mashburn convinced their teammates that the headband was the way to go but everybody had to do it. - Hornets band together in fashioning sweep of Heat

  • Your headband is your signature look, as iconic as Karl Largerfeld in his sunglasses or Anna Wintour's bob.

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  • Under the headband is a soft fabric material similar in texture and appearance to the kind used on LP dusters -- if you're old enough to remember what one of those looks like, ask a middle-aged relative.

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  • On the underside of the headband is a silicone Chanel logo, which, if worn while sleeping, will leave the logo imprint on the skin.

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  • When you're done talking, flipping the microphone up and laying it flat against the headband is a brainless and secure method of storage.

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  • The only person who can challenge the Number One to attain the headband is the Number Two headband. Video Games Website XML Feed

  • A headband is a must during every workout, but while this solution keeps stray hairs in place, it also creates a whole new hairline sweating problem that's just not OK.



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