from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A usually humorous narrative sequence of cartoon panels: taped a comic strip to her office door.
  • n. A series or serialization of such narrative sequences, usually featuring a regular cast of characters: a comic strip that has been syndicated for over 40 years.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A series of illustrations, in sequence, often but not necessarily depicting something funny or political in nature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a brief sequence of drawings, usually with characters drawn only sketchily, as in a cartoon, with dialog written in “balloons” over a character's head, and depicting a fictional and usually comical incident; -- also called a cartoon. Each comic strip contains typically from four to six panels arranged horizontally, but widely varying arrangements are published. In modern newspapers, weekly comic strips are in color, and daily strips are usually in black and white. In some, the story depicted may be serialized and continuous, carried over from day to day or week to week. Stories of adventure, drama, mystery or an otherwise non-comical nature depicted in the same style are also called comic strips.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sequence of drawings telling a story in a newspaper or comic book


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    Time and Again

  • My hair was in a crew-cut style and parted down the middle like the hero of the comic strip “Harold Teen,” and I wore those thick eyeglasses I despised.

    An American Life

  • I remember this vividly because it triggered a column about the origin of wimp, defined as “a person weepy as a drip and listless as a nebbish,” derived from whimper and influenced by the name Wimpy, for a sleepy-eyed lover of hamburgers in the comic strip featuring Popeye the sailor.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • For example, Linus resembles the kid in the comic strip "Peanuts." or will be a scholar like Linus Pauling.

    Xone of Contention

  • Barney Google, a long-ago comic strip character, is seated at a table in a restaurant and he asks the waiter, “FUNEX”?

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • "The next comic strip we come to-fly over it!" she said severely.

    Zombie Lover

  • He scripted the internationally syndicated comic strip Dick Tracy from 1977 to 1993, is cocreator of the comic book features Ms. Tree, Wild Dog, and Mike Danger, has written the Batman comic book and newspaper strip, and the mini-series Johnny Dynamite: Underworld.

    Sin City


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