rubber band


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

Examples of rubber band in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The material, in paper stacks bound by rubber bands and metal clips, was hidden among art supplies for distribution at the event, officials said. Chris Pandolfo, Fox News, 8 May 2024 This is where the concept of stretch and release, borrowed from the rubber band metaphor, comes into play. Ranil Piyaratna, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Midway through the second half, the rubber band snapped. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2024 Now let the rubber band relax and quickly touch it to your lip again. Rhett Allain, WIRED, 10 Mar. 2024 To secure, wrap 2 rubber bands around each sponge, with one band at each end of the sponge. Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2024 Just for kicks, here's a guy who actually built a refrigerator that runs on rubber bands. Rhett Allain, WIRED, 10 Mar. 2024 The tension built up in this contraction is rapidly released, rather like snapping a rubber band, causing the rib to strike the swim bladder and generate the distinctive drumming sound. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 The cat chased the rubber band and proudly brought it back, dropping the rubber band at its owner's feet. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rubber band was in 1844

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“Rubber band.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

rubber band

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

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