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1. The title page added to printouts by most print spoolers. Typically includes user or account ID information in very large character-graphics capitals. Also called a "burst page", because it indicates where to burst (tear apart) fanfold paper to separate one user's printout from the next.

2. A similar printout generated (typically on multiple pages of fan-fold paper) from user-specified text, e.g. by a program such as Unix's "banner".

3. splash screen.

(01 Mar 1994)

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1. A kind of flag attached to a spear or pike by a crosspiece, and used by a chief as his standard in battle. "Hang out our banners on the outward walls." (Shak)

2. A large piece of silk or other cloth, with a device or motto, extended on a crosspiece, and borne in a procession, or suspended in some conspicuous place.

3. Any flag or standard; as, the star-spangled banner.

<zoology> Banner fish, a large fish of the genus Histiophorus, of the Swordfish family, having a broad bannerlike dorsal fin; the sailfish. One species (H. Americanus) inhabits the North Atlantic.

Origin: OE. Banere, OF. Baniere, F. Banniere, bandiere, fr. LL. Baniera, banderia, fr. Bandum banner, fr. OHG. Bant band, strip of cloth; cf. Bindan to bind, Goth. Bandwa, bandwo, a sign. See Band.

(01 Mar 1998)

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