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

First recorded in 1670–80; stripe1 + -ing1




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, strip·ing.

to mark or furnish with a stripe or stripes.

Origin of stripe

1620–30; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German strīpe; see strip2, stripe2
Related formsstripe·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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


(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




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 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.

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