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stripe1

[strahyp] /straɪp/
noun
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.
verb (used with object), striped, striping.
9.
to mark or furnish with a stripe or stripes.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German strīpe; see strip2, stripe2
Related forms
stripeless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stripeless

stripe1

/straɪp/
noun
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 & Canadian) kind; sort; type: a man of a certain stripe
verb
5.
(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

stripe2

/straɪp/
noun
1.
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 stripeless

stripe

n.

"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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Slang definitions & phrases for stripeless

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