rubber band


Definition of rubber band

: a continuous band of rubber used in various ways (as for holding together a sheaf of papers)

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Now some of the shattered heads are held together with rubber bands in the workshop, part of a sprawling puzzle that can take days of patient effort to join a single piece to another. Washington Post, "Afghans restore art shattered by Taliban as peace deal nears," 20 Aug. 2019 Wrap twine tightly twice around paper just below rubber band; knot to secure, then trim ends. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Make Over Your Plastic Containers," 11 May 2012 One gave me a small plastic bag, and the other gave me a rubber band. New York Times, "‘I Would Like to Apologize to the Woman Driving a Subaru’," 18 Aug. 2019 First, the seat post has to be removed and maneuvered into a gap in the rubber band. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "GoCycle GX e-bike review: fast, fun, and foldable," 29 July 2019 Originally, Shaquill believed the coach didn't want the hair to be shown, so the two folded their hair by using rubber bands to hide it under the helmet. Charlotte Carroll,, "Former UCF Coach George O’Leary Forced Shaquem, Shaquill Griffin to Cut Their Hair," 18 July 2019 To use the treadmill, astronauts hooked a rubber band over their shoulders to stay on the machine and jog in microgravity. Echo Huang, Quartz, "What you need to know about China’s falling space lab Tiangong-2," 18 July 2019 If using a large rubber band instead of tape, another person places it on the newspaper covering your head just above your ears. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Hats off to summer fun with this customizable head gear," 11 July 2019 One of the new artificial muscle designs is, in essence, a small, high-tech version of the rubber bands used to propel balsa-wood airplanes. Sid Perkins, Scientific American, "A New Twist on Artificial Muscles," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of rubber band

1844, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rubber band

: a thin, flexible loop that is made of rubber and used to hold things together

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Kids Definition of rubber band

: a continuous band made of rubber for holding things together : elastic

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