strip

verb
\ ˈstrip How to pronounce strip (audio) \
stripped\ ˈstript How to pronounce stripped (audio) \ also stript; stripping

Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to remove clothing, covering, or surface matter from
b : to deprive of possessions
c : to divest of honors, privileges, or functions
2a : to remove extraneous or superficial matter from a prose style stripped to the bones
b : to remove furniture, equipment, or accessories from strip a ship for action
3 : to make bare or clear (as by cutting or grazing)
4 : to finish a milking of by pressing the last available milk from the teats strip a cow
5a : to remove cured leaves from the stalks of (tobacco)
b : to remove the midrib from (tobacco leaves)
6 : to tear or damage the thread of (a separable part or fitting)
7 : to separate (components) from a mixture or solution
8 : to press eggs or milt out of (a fish)
9 : to remove (a subcutaneous vein) by means of a surgical instrument

intransitive verb

1a : to take off clothes
b : to perform a striptease

strip

noun

Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a long narrow piece of a material
b : a long narrow area of land or water
2 : airstrip
3 : a commercially developed area especially along a highway

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Other Words from strip

Verb

strippable \ ˈstri-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce strippable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for strip

Synonyms: Verb

disrobe, unclothe, undress

Synonyms: Noun

list, ribbon, slip

Antonyms: Verb

dress, gown, robe

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Examples of strip in a Sentence

Verb

He stripped himself down to his underwear. The prisoners were stripped naked. She gets paid to dance and strip at the club. They stripped the table and refinished it. They stripped the room when they left. The building had been completely stripped of its original woodwork.

Noun

a small strip of cloth the half-mile strip of road
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Look for options with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration, which excel at stripping out even the tiniest impurities from the air, including everything from smog to pollen. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable," 1 Apr. 2019 Yorgos was involved in the big conversations, like palette—deciding to strip out color and to really be very concise with our palette. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Favourite's Production Designer Explains How They Managed to Film with All Those Rabbits," 12 Feb. 2019 That said, there are plenty of treatment options at every price point, and as the experts will tell you that gentle, targeted approaches will always work better than too-harsh products that strip your skin of moisture. Allure, "The 14 Best Cystic Acne Treatments, According to Dermatologists," 28 Mar. 2019 Exclusive images of the collab were just released yesterday, but fans noticed something that looked a little familiar: this fresh-as-hell navy striped two-piece. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Zendaya Announced a Zodiac-Inspired Clothing Collection With Tommy Hilfiger and I Need EVERYTHING," 20 Feb. 2019 Michigan Republicans are currently weighing a similar bill, and both are following in the footsteps of North Carolina Republicans, who passed a power-stripping bill after a Democratic victory in the 2016 governor’s race. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 2018 After years of chances, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week stripped the hospital in Lakewood of its certification and federal funding, totaling $53 million a year and about 20 percent of its budget. CBS News, "Report: Washington state psych hospital is "like going into hell"," 6 July 2018 With her valedictorian status now stripped away, Destiny no longer qualifies for free tuition during her first year of college. Essence.com, "Texas Student Had Valedictorian Status Stripped After Criticizing District In Her Speech," 3 July 2018 McLaren painstakingly stripped away the unnecessary bits in a form of automotive asceticism. Basem Wasef, WIRED, "McLaren's $958,966 Senna Hypercar Ain't Pretty, but It Can Whip a Track," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But finding extraneous bits of metal in your chicken strips can be both unsettling and risky. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Nearly 70,000 Pounds of Tyson Chicken Strips Recalled Due to Possible Metal Contamination," 25 Mar. 2019 The film revolves around a group of former strip club employees who scam their rich clients. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Is Joining J.Lo, Constance Wu, and More in a Film About Scamming Strip Club Employees," 19 Mar. 2019 Viewers first realize something is wrong during the group’s final strip club visit, when Jersey Shore strips the scene of all of its EDM-blaring music. refinery29.com, "The Finale Return Of Pauly D’s "Stalker" Proves How Much Jersey Shore Has Grown," 29 June 2018 The restaurant’s standout items are traditional Bolivian dishes, like the pique a la macho, an entree of steak strips sauteed with red onion, peppers and spices. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "La Familia Brings Authentic Bolivian Food To Canton," 25 June 2018 One super clever offering from IKEA is the OMLOPP LED light strip for drawers. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Ambient, task, or accent? How to choose your kitchen's lighting system.," 11 Feb. 2019 Perhaps most impressive, though, is the variance lighting that runs through the whole house, including LED strips behind the exterior trim. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Tiny Modern Farmhouse Will Convince You to Pare Down Your Life Once and for All," 15 Jan. 2019 Then the part that looks like an egg slicer removes the meat in easily mashable strips. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "You Need This Avocado Tool in Your Kitchen," 27 Dec. 2018 Using a vegetable peeler, remove 2 strips zest from lemons and thinly slice zest; squeeze ¼ cup juice. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Quick Charred Escarole with Sauteed Garlic and Lemon," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of strip

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for strip

Verb

Middle English strepen, strippen, from Old English -strīepan; akin to Old High German stroufen to strip

Noun

probably alteration of stripe entry 3

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The first known use of strip was in the 13th century

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strip

verb

English Language Learners Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to remove your clothing
: to take the clothes off (someone)
: to remove your clothing in a sexually exciting way while someone is watching

strip

noun

English Language Learners Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long, narrow piece of something
: a long, narrow piece of land
US : a road that has a lot of shops, restaurants, etc., along it

strip

verb
\ ˈstrip How to pronounce strip (audio) \
stripped; stripping

Kids Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to remove clothes : undress
2 : to remove a covering or surface layer from I'm stripping furniture for refinishing.
3 : to make bare or clear They passed miles of naked grapevines, stripped of their harvest …— Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising
4 : to take away all duties, honors, or special rights The soldiers were stripped of their rank.
5 : to remove all the contents (as equipment or accessories) from Thieves stripped the car.
6 : to tear or damage the thread of (as a screw or bolt)

strip

noun

Kids Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long narrow piece or area strips of bacon a strip of land
\ ˈstrip How to pronounce strip (audio) \
stripped\ ˈstript How to pronounce stripped (audio) \; stripping

Medical Definition of strip

: to remove (a vein) by means of a stripper stripping a varicose saphenous vein

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stripped; stripping

Legal Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to divide (a debt security) into separately traded securities entitling the owner usually to either principal or interest alone from the obligation

strip

noun

Legal Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 3)

: a security traded separately from another after stripping specifically : a derivative mortgage-backed security created by the segregation of cash flow from the underlying mortgages or other mortgage-backed securities and entitling the investor to a specified percentage (as 100 percent) of the interest or principal paid

STRIP

noun
plural STRIPs

Legal Definition of STRIP (Entry 3 of 3)

: a Treasury security that entitles the investor usually to payment of interest or principal exclusively and that is registered in a Federal Reserve bank under a federal program that provides for such separate trading of the components of U.S. Treasury obligations — compare zero-coupon bond at bond sense 2

History and Etymology for strip

Noun

separate trading of registered interest and principal of securities

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