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

    • ‘There is a ceremony for bestowing the temporary stripes on students before the six-week period of general military training.’
    • ‘The epaulettes on the choker tunic of his black naval uniform bore the four stripes of his rank.’
    • ‘Mark stood in blue uniform with gold stripes on his collar and black weapons handing from his belt.’
    • ‘It doesn't help when officers decide to give sergeant stripes out to fill slots.’
    • ‘Three other Haitians arrived before he left and noticed his sergeant's stripes.’
    • ‘The Columbia's executive officer, the cuffs of his sleeves adorned with three solid yellow stripes of his rank, entered the foyer.’
    • ‘He was being so proud in his uniform, showing the stripes of his rank and smiling that smile.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ivy League diplomas and military stripes no longer predominate.’
    • ‘Each bore a pair of stripes on his sleeve, color depending on what legion of mages he supervised.’
    • ‘Rifle squad leaders and weapon platoon section heads donned staff sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘The black male had on an Army jacket with E - 6 sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘Since I always needed more money, I figured I needed to get my sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘My sergeants had earned their stripes in Korea.’
    • ‘He glanced down at the admiral's stripes adorning his uniform and scoffed.’
    • ‘She straightened one of the epaulettes on his shoulders that bore the four gold stripes of his rank.’
    • ‘He wore a plain green uniform and beret with stripes indicating that he was an officer of the Army.’
    • ‘Within 2 1/2 years, I was proudly wearing my sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘GEMs have also found their stripes in the military.’
    1. 2.1North 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.’
      • ‘Parallel to the development of the domestic stripe is the evolution of another category - the aristocratic stripe.’
      • ‘The second and much rarer stripe of drinker is your peer, the fully functional alcoholic.’
      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’
    • ‘The young man held up a wide document envelope with red-blue international airmail striping.’
    • ‘She was up and walking again, all but blind to the park around her, tears striping her face unnoticed.’
    • ‘On the bridge below, a car glided through the stop lights, striping the river yellow and black.’
    • ‘Sulfur deficiency on most crops is expressed as general yellowing but in corn it also may appear as leaf striping.’
    • ‘The morning sun bled through the blinds striping her room in a warm glow.’
    • ‘He'd been a foreman in the paint department where he specialized in striping cars.’
    • ‘Most females (like the one pictured left) are are a dull buff color with striping down the front and back.’
    • ‘The first candy canes were almost entirely sugar, no peppermint, and most assuredly had no red striping.’
    • ‘With the exception of RAID 1, the other RAID levels provide I / O load balancing by striping data across disks.’
    • ‘Hallucinating off of my grievance and brewing emotions, the room changed to black, red blood pouring down the walls, striping them.’
    • ‘While most of the work involves street striping and painting, at the Wallace Road crossing, crews will extend the curbs.’
    • ‘It's easy to imagine them as the pin striping grease monkeys they've often portrayed in their type promotions.’
    • ‘I'm especially appreciative of the fact that sock number two is striping the same as sock number one.’

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/