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[strahy-ping] /ˈstraɪ pɪŋ/
the act of decorating or otherwise providing with stripes:
The striping of the boat proceeded slowly.
a striped pattern:
the striping of the zebra; striping of different colors.
Origin of striping
1670-80; stripe1 + -ing1


[strahyp] /straɪp/
a relatively long, narrow band of a different color, appearance, weave, material, or nature from the rest of a surface or thing:
the stripes of a zebra.
a fabric or material containing such a band or bands.
a strip of braid, tape, or the like.
  1. a number or combination of such strips, worn on a military, naval, or other uniform as a badge of rank, service, good conduct, combat wounds, etc.
  2. Informal. status or recognition as a result of one's efforts, experience, or achievements:
    She earned her stripes as a traveling sales representative and then moved up to district manager.
a strip, or long, narrow piece of anything:
a stripe of beach.
a streak or layer of a different nature within a substance.
style, variety, sort, or kind:
a man of quite a different stripe.
Also called magnetic stripe. Movies. a strip of iron oxide layer on the edge of a film that is used for recording and reproducing a magnetic sound track.
verb (used with object), striped, striping.
to mark or furnish with a stripe or stripes.
1620-30; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German strīpe; see strip2, stripe2
Related forms
stripeless, adjective Unabridged
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  • As for example, the striping indicates the employment of green as one of the prominent colors in the monogram.

    Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting Mayton Clarence Hillick
  • Window sashes can be indicated by striping the glass with black paint.

  • The first law with which the novice or learner of the art of striping or ornamenting is confronted is that of color and form.

    Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting Mayton Clarence Hillick
  • This comprises a difficult and skilled feature of the art of striping.

    Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting Mayton Clarence Hillick
  • The dash and running parts may be displayed with striping of black and gold.

    Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting Mayton Clarence Hillick
  • The moon had risen, flooding the yacht with white light and striping the deck with the clear-cut, black shadows of the stanchions.

    Caleb West, Master Diver F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Specimen 16-1225 has striping in the same colors and to it is seamed a piece with blue on a reddish-orange ground.

    Chincha Plain-weave cloths Lila M. O'Neale
  • The animal is not much spotted and striped, but the striping in the young is much more marked.

  • It was inferred that this striping was a sort of after effect of the earlier breeding with the quagga.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
  • The light of the lantern was burning strongly, striping the floor and walls of the room with thick black bands.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for striping


a relatively long band of distinctive colour or texture that differs from the surrounding material or background
a fabric having such bands
a strip, band, or chevron of fabric worn on a military uniform, etc, esp one that indicates rank
(mainly US & Canadian) kind; sort; type: a man of a certain stripe
(transitive) to mark with a stripe or stripes
Word Origin
C17: probably from Middle Dutch strīpe; related to Middle High German strīfe, of obscure origin


a stroke from a whip, rod, cane, etc
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Middle Low German strippe; related to stripe1
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Word Origin and History for striping



"a line or band in cloth," 1620s (but probably much older), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German stripe "stripe, streak," from Proto-Germanic *stripanan (cf. Danish stribe "a striped fabric," German Streifen "stripe"), cognate with Old Irish sriab "stripe," from PIE root *streig- (see strigil). Of soldiers' chevrons, badges, etc., attested from 1827.

"a stroke or lash," mid-15c., probably a special use of stripe (n.1), from the marks left by a lash. Cf. also Dutch strippen "to whip," West Frisian strips, apparently cognate but not attested as early as the English word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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