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From Middle Dutch or Middle Low German stripe, Dutch strippen)


stripe ‎(plural stripes)

  1. A long, straight region of a single colour.
  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
  4. A long narrow mark left by striking with a lash or rod; by extension, such a stroke.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xxv. 3
      Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed.
    • Thomson
      Cruelty marked him with inglorious stripes.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 1 scene 2
      Thou most lying slave, / Whom stripes may move, not kindness!
  5. (weaving) A pattern produced by arranging the warp threads in sets of alternating colours, or in sets presenting some other contrast of appearance.

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stripe ‎(third-person singular simple present stripes, present participle striping, simple past and past participle striped)

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


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