Definition of stripe in English:

stripe

noun

  • 1A long narrow band or strip, typically of the same width throughout its length, differing in color or texture from the surface on either side of it.

    ‘a pair of blue shorts with pink stripes’
    • ‘Alfalfa weevils are small green worms with a light stripe down the back.’
    • ‘Be sure to calculate stripe width based on your room measurements.’
    • ‘Drape the green ends evenly to form stripes down the side of the cone.’
    • ‘The chain was fastened to the back of her collar, giving her a gleaming silver stripe down her back.’
    • ‘A short-sleeved turquoise T-shirt with horizontal white stripes was found near her body.’
    • ‘Today's choice was sporting orange and black vertical stripes.’
    • ‘They are but odd shapes painted in zebra stripes which are galling to discerning motorists.’
    • ‘The car had a red stripe down both sides.’
    • ‘He pranced out and the first thing I noticed were the tiger stripes painted on his finger nails.’
    • ‘He was wearing a beige sweater with a stripe across the chest.’
    • ‘He was black with searing neon green stripes down his back.’
    • ‘They were black with black laces and there were three metallic dark blue stripes on the sides of each shoe.’
    • ‘I asked this young woman dressed in a black blouse and black skirt both of which had white pin stripes.’
    • ‘I bought a black sleeveless Lycra shirt with yellow and white diagonal stripes across the chest.’
    • ‘I'd rather have the old fatigue uniform than wear the proposed tiger stripes.’
    • ‘The left side consists of a black triangle with a horizontal yellow stripe flanked by two bright blue stripes.’
    • ‘He wore a navy blue, three-piece pin stripe suit and a blood red tie.’
    • ‘Also, stay away from patterns like polka dots, zebra stripes, and camouflage.’
    • ‘One mirror has a thick vertical fluorescent orange stripe of paint running up its center, the other a horizontal.’
    • ‘He had earned the first black stripe on his Brown Belt.’
    line, band, strip, belt, bar, swathe, streak, striation, vein, thread
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    1. 1.1archaic A blow with a scourge or lash.
      stroke, blow, hit, strike, welt, bang, thwack, thump
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  • 2A chevron sewn on to a uniform to denote military rank.

    • ‘Mark stood in blue uniform with gold stripes on his collar and black weapons handing from his belt.’
    • ‘He stood up and tugged on his navy blue tunic and adjusted the cuffs of his sleeves, which bore the four gold solid stripes of his rank.’
    • ‘He glanced down at the admiral's stripes adorning his uniform and scoffed.’
    • ‘There is a ceremony for bestowing the temporary stripes on students before the six-week period of general military training.’
    • ‘My sergeants had earned their stripes in Korea.’
    • ‘The Columbia's executive officer, the cuffs of his sleeves adorned with three solid yellow stripes of his rank, entered the foyer.’
    • ‘Since I always needed more money, I figured I needed to get my sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘Rifle squad leaders and weapon platoon section heads donned staff sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘Within 2 1/2 years, I was proudly wearing my sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘He wore a plain green uniform and beret with stripes indicating that he was an officer of the Army.’
    • ‘Ivy League diplomas and military stripes no longer predominate.’
    • ‘He was being so proud in his uniform, showing the stripes of his rank and smiling that smile.’
    • ‘Three other Haitians arrived before he left and noticed his sergeant's stripes.’
    • ‘She straightened one of the epaulettes on his shoulders that bore the four gold stripes of his rank.’
    • ‘It doesn't help when officers decide to give sergeant stripes out to fill slots.’
    • ‘The black male had on an Army jacket with E - 6 sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘The epaulettes on the choker tunic of his black naval uniform bore the four stripes of his rank.’
    • ‘Each bore a pair of stripes on his sleeve, color depending on what legion of mages he supervised.’
    • ‘GEMs have also found their stripes in the military.’
    emblem, insignia, badge, marking
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  • 3North American A type or category.

    ‘entrepreneurs of all stripes are joining in the offensive’
    • ‘True believers of every stripe describe their vision of what taxpayer money, talent, and hope can do.’
    • ‘The second and much rarer stripe of drinker is your peer, the fully functional alcoholic.’
    • ‘Parallel to the development of the domestic stripe is the evolution of another category - the aristocratic stripe.’
    sort, variety, kind, style, type, category, order, breed, species, class, designation, specification, genre, genus, brand, make, character, ilk, kidney, grain, stamp, mould
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually be striped
  • Mark with stripes.

    ‘her body was striped with bands of sunlight’
    • ‘I'm especially appreciative of the fact that sock number two is striping the same as sock number one.’
    • ‘It's easy to imagine them as the pin striping grease monkeys they've often portrayed in their type promotions.’
    • ‘Hallucinating off of my grievance and brewing emotions, the room changed to black, red blood pouring down the walls, striping them.’
    • ‘On the bridge below, a car glided through the stop lights, striping the river yellow and black.’
    • ‘He'd been a foreman in the paint department where he specialized in striping cars.’
    • ‘The first candy canes were almost entirely sugar, no peppermint, and most assuredly had no red striping.’
    • ‘Sulfur deficiency on most crops is expressed as general yellowing but in corn it also may appear as leaf striping.’
    • ‘Most females (like the one pictured left) are are a dull buff color with striping down the front and back.’
    • ‘With the exception of RAID 1, the other RAID levels provide I / O load balancing by striping data across disks.’
    • ‘The young man held up a wide document envelope with red-blue international airmail striping.’
    • ‘While most of the work involves street striping and painting, at the Wallace Road crossing, crews will extend the curbs.’
    • ‘She was up and walking again, all but blind to the park around her, tears striping her face unnoticed.’
    • ‘The morning sun bled through the blinds striping her room in a warm glow.’

Origin

Late Middle English: perhaps a back-formation from striped, of Dutch or Low German origin; compare with Middle Dutch and Middle Low German strīpe.

Pronunciation

stripe

/strīp//straɪp/