from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long narrow band distinguished, as by color or texture, from the surrounding material or surface.
  • n. A textile pattern of parallel bands or lines on a contrasting background.
  • n. A fabric having such a pattern.
  • n. A strip of cloth or braid worn on a uniform to indicate rank, awards received, or length of service; a chevron.
  • n. Sort; kind: "All Fascists are not of one mind, one stripe” ( Lillian Hellman).
  • transitive v. To mark with stripes or a stripe.
  • n. A stroke or blow, as with a whip.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long, straight region of a single colour.
  • n. The badge worn by certain officers in the military or other forces.
  • n. A long narrow mark left by striking with a lash or rod; by extension, such a stroke.
  • v. To mark with stripes.
  • v. To distribute data across several separate physical disks to reduce the time to read and write.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A line, or long, narrow division of anything of a different color or structure from the ground; hence, any linear variation of color or structure
  • n. A pattern produced by arranging the warp threads in sets of alternating colors, or in sets presenting some other contrast of appearance.
  • n. A strip, or long, narrow piece attached to something of a different color.
  • n. A stroke or blow made with a whip, rod, scourge, or the like, such as usually leaves a mark.
  • n. A long, narrow discoloration of the skin made by the blow of a lash, rod, or the like.
  • n. Color indicating a party or faction; hence, distinguishing characteristic; sign; likeness; sort.
  • n. The chevron on the coat of a noncommissioned officer.
  • transitive v. To make stripes upon; to form with lines of different colors or textures; to variegate with stripes.
  • transitive v. To strike; to lash.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make stripes upon; form with lines of different colors; variegate with stripes.
  • To strike; lash.
  • To thrust.
  • n. A streak of a different color from that of the ground; a long narrow division of something of a different color from the ground: as, a stripe of red on a green ground; hence, any linear variation of color. Compare streak, stria, striga.
  • n. A narrow piece attached to something of a different color or texture: as, the red stripe on the leg of a soldier's trousers.
  • n. Generally, a strip or narrow piece.
  • n. A long narrow discolored mark made on flesh by the stroke of a lash or rod; a wale; hence, a stroke made with a lash, whip, rod, strap, or scourge.
  • n. A blow; a stroke.
  • n. Distinctive color; particular kind or character; hence, distinguishing characteristic: as, a politician of the Republican stripe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a kind or category
  • n. V-shaped sleeve badge indicating military rank and service
  • n. an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material
  • n. a piece of braid, usually on the sleeve, indicating military rank or length of service
  • v. mark with stripes
  • n. a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background


Middle English, possibly from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German strīpe.
Middle English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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