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NOUN (2)

1. any of a number of tiny parallel grooves such as: the scratches left by a glacier on rocks or the streaks or ridges in muscle tissue;
[syn: stria, striation]

2. a stripe or stripes of contrasting color;
- Example: "chromosomes exhibit characteristic bands"
- Example: "the black and yellow banding of bees and wasps"
[syn: band, banding, stria, striation]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stria \Stri"a\, n.; pl. Striae. [L., a furrow, channel, hollow.] 1. A minute groove, or channel; a threadlike line, as of color; a narrow structural band or line; a striation; as, the striae, or groovings, produced on a rock by a glacier passing over it; the striae on the surface of a shell; a stria of nervous matter in the brain. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) A fillet between the flutes of columns, pilasters, or the like. --Oxf. Gloss. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

stria n 1: any of a number of tiny parallel grooves such as: the scratches left by a glacier on rocks or the streaks or ridges in muscle tissue [syn: stria, striation] 2: a stripe or stripes of contrasting color; "chromosomes exhibit characteristic bands"; "the black and yellow banding of bees and wasps" [syn: band, banding, stria, striation]