One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small strap or bracelet, especially one used for identification or as a fashion item.
- ‘Patients are asked to sign a release of liability and are identified with a colored wristband different from that used by other departments.’
- ‘‘Friendships bracelets’ made of cotton bands, which can be used as wristbands, and love signs with attractive pens as bonus, are among the new arrivals.’
- ‘I slip on my black and gold wristband onto my right wrist and five blue, thin bracelets on my left wrist.’
- ‘The city's people all greeted each other, and I noticed that every person, both man and boy, wore their symbol somewhere on their dress: the women as a necklace; the men as a wristband.’
- ‘She also had a leather wristband on her right arm and a silver charm bracelet on her left, also on her left was a black tattooed symbol that Myra had recently learned was the ancient sign for demon.’
- ‘And, yes, she is wearing her special cult wristband.’
- ‘With the laptop, they can look up what drugs the patient is to receive, then run the scanner over bar codes printed on the medication packages and the patient's wristband to make sure they match up.’
- ‘There are also paper and leather wristbands, and ornamental bracelets.’
- ‘Dressed in black again, but he doubted the kid was in mourning; wristbands and spike bracelets covered his forearms from wrist to elbow.’
- ‘She was in the school band, and she wore a wristband that proudly exclaimed, ‘Band!’’
- ‘I would love to have enough wristbands to give to every student on campus, but funds are limited, so while wristbands will be given out during orientation, we will be selling the wristbands to students and the public afterwards.’
- ‘He was dressed in black cargos with lots of chains, 2 studded belts, and a Linkin Park shirt with a studded choker around his neck and several studded wristbands and rings.’
- ‘The alarm comes as a wristband or can be worn around the neck as a pendant, and there is a small electronic device next to the phone.’
- ‘In hospitals in North America, patients traditionally have been identified by a wristband, and when the wristband was incorrect, there was a high likelihood of medical errors.’
- ‘The popularity of the ‘awareness bracelet’, a coloured wristband, is growing.’
- ‘The volunteer headquarters next door is known as the ‘storm center,’ with each organizing weekend given a different storm name and with different colored wristbands for volunteers.’
- ‘Julieta wore a stack of plastic wristbands that had the names of all her favorite bands who were playing, and Ryanne's shirt had a guitar on the front.’
- ‘The first two have wide wristbands while the other has quite a narrow strap.’
- ‘He was sporting two wristbands, the white Make Poverty History and a red one calling for the end of capitalism.’
- ‘Then she armed herself with wristbands, bracelets, and chokers.’
- 1.1 The cuff of a shirt or blouse.
- ‘At the show's end, the sweaty lad in the Brunei Polo Club shirt had pushed his wristband tight up his forearm, as if it were the sleeve of a blazer.’
- ‘She wore a light blue nightgown with teddy bears on it and black wristbands.’
- ‘The Taiko costume - black shirt and pants, white tabis, black wristbands, a pink sash around the waist, and, for the boys, a pink turban-like headdress - was next to impossible to put on without help.’
- ‘The women wear embroidered white blouses, red wristbands, and heavy dark wraps around their shoulders and skirts.’
- ‘Kriss changed back into traditional Egyptian clothing; white skirt held by a belt, white top held by a golden collar, wristbands, no sandals today.’
2A strip of absorbent material worn during sports or strenuous exercise to soak up sweat.
- ‘On her left wrist she had two black laces like the other one on her right and a white thick sports wristband.’
- ‘A craze sweeping the nation is to sport a yellow wristband known as ‘Livestrong’, a trend started by champion cyclist Lance Armstrong.’
- ‘I took off the wristbands and headband I always wore during practice.’
- ‘Then utilize the strap as a necklace or wristband and put it on an hour before the gym, wear it during training, and then remove it one hour after you have completed your workout!’
- ‘She wore a white t-shirt and a tennis skirt, and her wristbands lay on the table in front of her.’
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