• WordNet 3.6
    • n headband a band worn around or over the head "the earphones were held in place by a headband"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There was a "pony express" in Persia many centuries before Christ. Riders on this ancient circuit, wearing special colored headbands, delivered the mails across the vast stretch of Asia Minor, sometimes riding for hundreds of miles without a break.
    • Headband A fillet; a band for the head. "The headbands and the tablets."
    • Headband The band at each end of the back of a book.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n headband A fillet; a band for the head.
    • n headband In printing: A thin slip of iron on the tympan of a printing-press.
    • n headband A band of decoration, usually engraved, at the head of a chapter or at the top of a page. When made, as was usual in the eighteenth century, of a combination of typographic ornaments, it was called by printers a fac.
    • n headband 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. A worked head-band is made by the book-sewer when sewing the book with thread and needle. The ordinary head-band is a cord of bright-colored silk attached to the inner back.
    • headband To attach a head-band to (the inner back of a book) in the process of binding.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Headband a band or fillet for the head: the band at each end of a book: a thin slip of iron on the tympan of a printing-press
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. héafod, Dut. hoofd, Ger. haupt.


In literature:

He peeped quickly inside the leather headband.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
He lifted the headband, started to slip it on, stopped.
"Bad Medicine" by Robert Sheckley
One of the women's headbands slipped and the basket swung sideways.
"The Trail Book" by Mary Austin
The headband of Ligi flies away without his knowledge and alights on the skirt of a girl who is bathing in the river.
"Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folk-Lore" by Fay-Cooper Cole
Next a rolled mat is laid on the spears, and finally four beads and a headband are added.
"The Tinguian" by Fay-Cooper Cole
Above all, let them look well to the management of the backs of their books, and especially to the headbands.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
When the day's work was done she took off her headband and sat reading in the lobby, alone.
"Rimrock Jones" by Dane Coolidge
A red headband with white and black feathers was the sign of his royal dignity.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Shakily, he removed his headband and snapped the playback off.
"Indirection" by Everett B. Cole
He first wraps the edges with paper to keep them clean and then puts on the headbands.
"The Building of a Book" by Various
Then, he reached up and fumbled for a moment with the controls at the front of the headband.
"Final Weapon" by Everett B. Cole
Mediaeval books were usually sewn on double cords or strips of leather, and the headband was often sewn at the same time, as shown at fig.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
Woodrow, take that headband off.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The ladies also wear finger rings and headbands of polished brass.
"Women of America" by John Rouse Larus
Oh, Winnie, I want you to show me about this headband.
"Winona of the Camp Fire" by Margaret Widdemer
A chicken, a jar of tapuy, and a basket of blankets, breech-clouts, and headbands are necessary.
"Kankanay Ceremonies" by C. R. Moss
When silk headbands are carefully sewed on they add both strength and beauty.
"Library Bookbinding" by Arthur Low Bailey
Each with snowy fingers back her headband drew, And either kiss'd the other lovingly and true.
"The Nibelungenlied" by Unknown
The ready-made headband is an article specially manufactured for the bookbinder.
"Practical Bookbinding" by Paul Adam

In news:

We usually embrace any technology that does away with wires, so you would think we'd go crazy over this music headband for i360 but we really don't like the street thug look.
Pulling their hair back in a headband was a new experience for the guys of "Treasure Island," an upcoming production of the Primary Players.
Johnny Headband phone it in from Detroit.
Josh Howard's trusty headband, a no-go in Utah, has eased his Wolves transition.
The new, comfortable, cushioned, adjustable Lana Loupe Headband takes the weight off your nose.
This week, we went and stole the best headband hairstyles from the Golden Globes and got the behind-the-scenes makeup scoop on Glee.
See Kesha's Headband Made From Fan's Teeth.
Just one of Blair Waldorf's many headbands in the first three episodes of "Gossip Girl".
Last season on The CW's "Gossip Girl," Upper East Side stylista Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) sported headband after headband after headband.
Utica, NY (WIBX) – On a day when most people choose to wear athletic gear, headbands and kinesio tape, others choose to break the mold… even if it's just for a little while.
But thankfully, this quartet of headbanded, ninja-clad "acrobaticalists" bring a sly wit to their performance as well.
Betty Clay sews a button as she works near some of her headband creations that she will have at her booth at Winterfest this weekend at the Aberdeen Civic Arena.
From grown men in headbands to Karate Kid, it's UFC 154 running journal.
Let's be honest—deep inside of every elegant woman is a headband-wearing Gossip Girl.
Weeks after hanging up Blair Waldorf's signature headbands for good — star Leighton Meester has debuted a new, much shorter 'do that the prim and proper Queen B might.