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Strip vs Stripe vs Band vs Ribbon vs Fillet

Stripstripebandribbonfillet are comparable when they mean a relatively long and narrow piece or section.

Strip and stripe both imply length and comparative narrowness and approximate uniformity of width. However strip commonly suggests separation from a larger piece and stripe stresses a contrast (as in color, texture, or pattern) between the section of a surface referred to and the sections bordering upon it.

If actual separation is not implied strip may be employed when the difference between the portion of surface referred to and its neighboring portions is a matter of use, ownership, or physical character.

However stripe may be used in such cases in preference to strip when the division is made evident by a contrast in appearance.

Band (see also BOND 1 ) may mean either a strip or stripe but often also connotes either an encircling with or without a suggestion of confining or uniting or a horizontal position rather than the vertical position so often connoted by stripe .

Ribbon designates concretely a length of narrow woven material with selvage edges, usually one that is fine and firm in texture and is used for ornamental bands, ties, and bows. In extended use ribbon is often used in place of strip when the strips are very long, very narrow, and very thin and when the material is flexible enough to appear like ribbon or to be handled like ribbon.

Fillet, which basically denotes a narrow strip of ornamental material (as a band of ribbon for restraining the hair or a narrow molding or beading that forms the inner part of a picture frame), is often extended to various things that have no inherent ornamental quality and are otherwise describable as strips, ribbons, or bands (as a metal strip or ribbon from which coins are punched, a very thin molding, one of certain bands of white matter in the brain, or a long narrow piece of meat or fish without bone).