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  1. the act of decorating or otherwise providing with stripes: The striping of the boat proceeded slowly.
  2. a striped pattern: the striping of the zebra; striping of different colors.
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Origin of striping

First recorded in 1670–80; stripe1 + -ing1


  1. 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.
  2. a fabric or material containing such a band or bands.
  3. a strip of braid, tape, or the like.
  4. stripes,
    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.
  5. a strip, or long, narrow piece of anything: a stripe of beach.
  6. a streak or layer of a different nature within a substance.
  7. style, variety, sort, or kind: a man of quite a different stripe.
  8. 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.
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verb (used with object), striped, strip·ing.
  1. to mark or furnish with a stripe or stripes.
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Origin of stripe

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

smear, chastise, spank, castigate, streak, stipple, speck, soil, splotch, blot, speckle, tarnish, splash, stud, spatter, dapple, pimple, sully, stripe, besmirch

Examples from the Web for striping

Historical Examples of striping

  • Window sashes can be indicated by striping the glass with black paint.

    Home-made Toys for Girls and Boys

    A. Neely Hall

  • The joints may be accentuated by striping with white or black paint.

  • The striping, corner pieces, etc., are done on the flat color.

  • This comprises a difficult and skilled feature of the art of striping.

  • Specimen 16-1225 has striping in the same colors and to it is seamed a piece with blue on a reddish-orange ground.

British Dictionary definitions for striping


  1. a relatively long band of distinctive colour or texture that differs from the surrounding material or background
  2. a fabric having such bands
  3. a strip, band, or chevron of fabric worn on a military uniform, etc, esp one that indicates rank
  4. mainly US and Canadian kind; sort; typea man of a certain stripe
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  1. (tr) to mark with a stripe or stripes
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Word Origin for stripe

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


  1. a stroke from a whip, rod, cane, etc
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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.

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"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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