—n. 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, a. 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.
b. 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.Motion Pictures.a strip of iron oxide layer on the edge of a film that is used for recording and reproducing a magnetic sound track.
—v.t. to mark or furnish with a stripe or stripes.
Pronunciation: (strīp),[key] —n. a stroke with a whip, rod, etc., as in punishment.