service stripe
noun Date: circa 1920 a stripe worn on an enlisted man's left sleeve to indicate three years of service in the army or four years in the navy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Service stripe — A service stripe, commonly called a hash mark, is a decoration of the United States military which is presented to enlisted members of the U.S. military to denote length of service. The United States Army awards each stripe for three years… …   Wikipedia

  • service stripe — serv′ice stripe n. mil a stripe on the sleeve of a military uniform indicating the wearer s length of active service • Etymology: 1915–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • service stripe — Mil. a stripe worn on the left sleeve by an enlisted person to indicate a specific period of time served on active duty. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • service stripe — noun an insignia worn to indicate years of service • Syn: ↑hashmark, ↑hash mark • Hypernyms: ↑insignia …   Useful english dictionary

  • stripe — n. strip, band 1) a sergeant s stripes 2) a service stripe (worn on a soldier s sleeve to indicate length of service) sort (esp. AE) 3) of a certain stripe (people of their stripe) * * * [straɪp] [ strip, band ] a sergeant s stripes [ sort ] (esp …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Stripe — A stripe is a long, straight region of a single color, it may refer to:* Candystripe, a pattern of diagonal stripes twisted around a cylinder stereotypically embodied by the candy cane * Candystriper, a nickname for a female hospital volunteer… …   Wikipedia

  • stripe — Synonyms and related words: Hershey bar, animus, aptitude, aviation badge, badge, band, bandeau, bar, baste, bastinado, beat, belabor, belt, bent, bespangle, bespeckle, bespot, bias, birch, blaze, blaze a trail, blemish, blood, blotch, body build …   Moby Thesaurus

  • stripe — [strīp] n. [< MLowG & MDu strīpe < IE * streib < base * ster > STRIP2] 1. a long, narrow band, mark, or streak, differing in color, texture, or material from the surrounding area 2. [often pl.] a fabric or garment with a pattern of… …   English World dictionary

  • stripe — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, welt, long scar, blow, probably from stripe band on a garment Date: 15th century a stroke or blow with a rod or lash II. transitive verb (striped; striping) Etymology: Middle English, to place bands or edging on …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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