- The definition of a stripe is a long thin line that is somehow different from what is on either side of it.
An example of a stripe is the black and white lines on a zebra.
- To stripe means to add a long narrow band of something.
An example of stripe is to add a broken white line down the middle of a street to set apart traffic lanes; to stripe the street.
- a long, narrow band, mark, or streak, differing in color, texture, or material from the surrounding area
- [often pl.] a fabric or garment with a pattern of parallel stripes
- a strip of cloth or braid, as a chevron, bar, or curve, worn on the sleeve as of a military uniform to indicate rank or length of service
- a distinctive type, kind, or sort: graduates of all stripes are entering the workforce
- a stroke with a whip, etc.
- a long welt on the skin
Origin of stripefrom Middle Low German and Middle Dutch str?pe from Indo-European an unverified form streib- from base an unverified form ster- from source strip
transitive verbstriped, strip′ing
earn one's stripes
Origin of stripesee stripenoun
- a. A long narrow band distinguished, as by color or texture, from the surrounding material or surface.b. A textile pattern of parallel bands or lines on a contrasting background.c. A fabric having such a pattern.
- A strip of cloth or braid worn on a uniform to indicate rank, awards received, or length of service; a chevron.
- Sort; kind: “All Fascists are not of one mind, one stripe” ( Lillian Hellman )
transitive verbstriped, strip·ing, stripes
Origin of stripeMiddle English possibly from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German strīpe
Origin of stripeMiddle English
- A long, straight region of a single colour.
- (in the plural) The badge worn by certain officers in the military or other forces.
- (informal) Distinguishing characteristic; sign; likeness; sort.
- persons of the same political stripe
- A long narrow mark left by striking with a lash or rod; by extension, such a stroke.
- (weaving) A pattern produced by arranging the warp threads in sets of alternating colours, or in sets presenting some other contrast of appearance.
(third-person singular simple present stripes, present participle striping, simple past and past participle striped)
- To mark with stripes.
- (computing) To distribute data across several separate physical disks to reduce the time to read and write.
- (noun) From Middle Dutch or Middle Low German stripe.
- (verb) From the first one. (cf Dutch strippen)