stripe

1
[strahyp]

noun

verb (used with object), striped, strip·ing.

to mark or furnish with a stripe or stripes.

Origin of stripe

1
1620–30; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German strīpe; see strip2, stripe2
Related formsstripe·less, adjective

stripe

2
[strahyp]

noun

a stroke with a whip, rod, etc., as in punishment.

Origin of stripe

2
1400–50; late Middle English; obscurely akin to stripe1

magnetic strip

noun

a strip of magnetic material on which information may be stored, as by an electromagnetic process, for automatic reading, decoding, or recognition by a device that detects magnetic variations on the strip: a credit card with a magnetic strip to prevent counterfeiting.
Also called magnetic stripe, stripes.
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Examples from the Web for stripes

Contemporary Examples of stripes

Historical Examples of stripes

  • There was black-and-white paint on his body; the stripes of the Koshare do not come off easily.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • Billy is out of the hospital and wearing my old sergeant's stripes.

    Arm of the Law

    Harry Harrison

  • Here, in the bush, all our tools come from the land of the Stars and Stripes.

  • I found these specimens in the same locality with the B. stripes.

  • From the top the stars and stripes had been broken to the breeze.

    The Solar Magnet

    Sterner St. Paul Meek


British Dictionary definitions for stripes

stripe

1

noun

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 and Canadian kind; sort; typea man of a certain stripe

verb

(tr) to mark with a stripe or stripes

Word Origin for stripe

C17: probably from Middle Dutch strīpe; related to Middle High German strīfe, of obscure origin

stripe

2

noun

a stroke from a whip, rod, cane, etc

Word Origin for stripe

C15: perhaps from Middle Low German strippe; related to stripe 1
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Word Origin and History for stripes

stripe

n.1

"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.

stripe

n.2

"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.

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