In the interest of broadening the contributions, I've added
the following World Book entries:
stripe (1), noun, verb, striped, striping.
noun 1. a long, narrow band, as of a different color, material, or weave from the rest of a surface or thing.
Ex. A tiger has stripes. The American flag has thirteen stripes.
2. a striped material or cloth.
3. a strip or narrow piece.
4. (Figurative.) sort; type; class.
Ex. a man of quite a different stripe. Of a democratic, liberal stripe (Edmund C. Stedman).
(SYN) kind, stamp.
5. a narrow line painted or marked as a line of demarcation.
Ex. Temple [football team], which gained most of its yardage in its own territory, was unable to get past the midfield stripe in the last quarter (New York Times).
v.t. to mark or ornament with a stripe or stripes.
Ex. The stick of candy was striped with red.
a. a number or combination of strips of braid on the sleeve of a uniform to show rank, length of service, or function.
Ex. to earn one's stripes.
b. (Slang.) chevrons.
Ex. sergeant's stripes.