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1 a strip or stripe of a contrasting color or material [syn: band, banding]
2 a piece of braid, usually on the sleeve, indicating military rank or length of service
3 V-shaped sleeve badge indicating military rank and service; "they earned their stripes in Kuwait" [syn: chevron, stripes, grade insignia]
4 a kind or category; "businessmen of every stripe joined in opposition to the proposal"
5 a marking of a different color or texture from the background [syn: streak] v : mark with stripes

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. From or stripe.
  2. From the first one. (cf strippen)


  1. A long, straight region of a single colour.
  2. The badge worn by certain officers in the military or other forces.


long straight region of a singular colour


  1. To mark with stripes.
  2. transitive computing To distribute data across several separate physical disks to reduce the time to read and write.


Extensive Definition

A stripe is a long, straight region of a single color, it may refer to:
  • Candystripe, a pattern of diagonal stripes twisted around a cylinder stereotypically embodied by the candy cane
  • Candystriper, a nickname for a female hospital volunteer derived from a formerly common outfit
  • Chevron (insignia), sometimes referred to as stripes, a mark of military rank
  • Data striping, the segmentation of logically sequential data so that segments can be written to multiple physical devices
  • Go-faster stripes, refer to an imitative decoration applied to cars to make them appear to be modified for extra speed
  • Magnetic stripe card, a type of card capable of storing data via magnetism
  • Red Stripe, a Jamaican lager-style beer whose logo is a bold, diagonal red stripe
  • Service stripe, an award in the United States armed forces
  • S.T.R.I.P.E. (aka Pat Dugan), a fictional superhero in the DC Comics universe
  • Striped paint, a classic example of a snipe hunt, a type of prank
  • The Candystripes, nickname for Derry City F.C., an Irish football club
In entertainment:
In animals:
stripe in French: Rayure

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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