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

  • n. An elastic loop of natural or synthetic rubber used to hold objects together. Also called regionally gum band.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An elastic band made of rubber.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A closed loop of rubber usually having a thin rectangular cross-section; also called elastic band; -- it varies in length from the circumference of a finger to several inches, and is usually used to hold several objects together temporarily, by the tension exerted when the band is stretched and fitted around the objects to be held.

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

  • n. a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together


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  • My father knew that the sailors would send him home if they caught him, so he looked in his knapsack and took out a rubber band and the empty grain bag with the label saying "Cranberry."

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  • Carefully I loosened its neck in the rubber band and squeezed the shrunken air out, to prevent it expanding again when the day grew hot, and reabsorbing the precious liquid.


  • She also took two or three hard claps on the side of the mask; the sword, called a shinai, was only sliced bamboo staves held together by twine for presence but not strength, but at that speed when it hit, it had to feel like someone had pronged a huge rubber band against her head.

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  • There, one of the Canadians, Éric Bédard, bumped me—it was an accident—and when I went down, it was if my ankle were a rubber band being stretched way out of shape.

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  • The rubber band gives way to loose grands jetés and ass slapping.

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  • The song had been in heavy rotation on TSF that fall, and hearing it once more left me no choice but to do my rubber band dance.

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