• (RP) IPA: /st(ʃ)ɹaɪp/
  • (GA, CA) IPA: /st(ʃ)ɹʌɪp/

stripe (plural stripes)

  1. A long, relatively straight region of a single colour.
    zebra stripes
  2. (in the plural) The badge worn by certain officers in the military or other forces.
  3. (informal) Distinguishing characteristic; sign; likeness; sort.
    persons of the same political stripe
    • 20 May 2018, Hadley Freeman in The Guardian, Is Meghan Markle the American the royals have needed all along? ↗
      Everyone I spoke to had waved flags at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, had camped out for Diana’s funeral and, in some cases, her ill-fated wedding. (No one mentioned going to Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s now all-but forgotten wedding, and yet the awkward truth is that Harry and Meghan’s marriage is no more significant than that one was, in terms of lineage.) Not being a royalist of any stripe, I’d not been to any of those.
  4. A long, narrow mark left by striking someone with a whip or stick; a blow with a whip or stick.
    • circa 1611 William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I, Scene 2,
      Thou most lying slave,
      Whom stripes may move, not kindness!
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Deuteronomy 25.3,
      Forty stripes he [the judge] may give him [the wicked man], and not exceed:
    • 1735, James Thomson (poet, born 1700), The Four Seasons, and Other Poems, London: J. Millan and A. Millar, “Winter,” lines 353-354, p. 21,
      [Tyrants] at pleasure mark’d him with inglorious stripes;
  5. (weaving) A pattern produced by arranging the warp threads in sets of alternating colours, or in sets presenting some other contrast of appearance.
  6. Any of the balls marked with stripes in the game of pool, which one player aims to pot, the other player taking the spots.
Translations Translations Verb

stripe (stripes, present participle striping; past and past participle striped)

  1. (transitive) To mark with stripes.
  2. (transitive) To lash with a whip or strap.
  3. (transitive, computing) To distribute data across several separate physical disks to reduce the time to read and write.
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