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

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 … anxious to find the young man who stripped down to his boxer shorts and jumped in the river to save her dog.— Mike Byrne
b : to remove one's clothes gradually piece by piece in a seductive or provocative manner especially to the accompaniment of music : to perform a striptease



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


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for strip

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Despite an alleged promise to prosecute him at home, Cienfuegos was released, and Mexico's congress passed a law to limit foreign law enforcement operating in the country and strip their diplomatic immunity. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, "Secretary of State making his 1st 'trips' to Mexico and Canada -- virtually," 25 Feb. 2021 These include that the bill would strip regulatory powers from the Indiana Seed Commissioner over hemp processors and handlers, and hamper the state's ability to control hemp distribution. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "Legalizing hemp flower could net big money; police say upholding laws would be impossible," 16 Feb. 2021 Trump loyalists want to strip Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 Republican, of her leadership post as payback for her vote to impeach. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, "Under Pressure to Rebuke Their Own, G.O.P. Leaders Face a Critical Test," 2 Feb. 2021 The Justice Department has asked Congress to strip some of tech's legal protections. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, ""Who the hell elected you?" Big Tech defends itself against charges of political bias," 29 Oct. 2020 The Justice Department has asked Congress to strip some of the bedrock protections that have generally shielded the tech companies from legal responsibility for what people post on their platforms. Marcy Gordon,, "Twitter, Facebook, Google leaders to face grilling from GOP senators making unfounded allegations of bias," 28 Oct. 2020 Amid the debate, the Trump administration has asked Congress to strip some of the protections that have generally shielded the tech companies from legal responsibility for what people post on their platforms. Marcy Gordon, Star Tribune, "Social media CEOs rebuff bias claims, vow to defend election," 28 Oct. 2020 Others want to strip all police funding and disband the departments. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Valerie Jarrett: 'Democracy depends upon having law enforcement'," 9 June 2020 Democrats moved to strip her of her committee assignments only after that didn’t happen. Jeremy Redmon, ajc, "To her N. Georgia constituents, Greene is either an ‘embarrassment’ or a conservative champion," 4 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Monoprice Stitch is akin to the Wyze smart plug — just in a strip form. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best smart plugs of 2021," 25 Feb. 2021 High-reflectivity piping lines the exterior of the vest, complemented by an LED light strip for full 360-degree visibility in even the darkest environments. Popular Science, "Best dog coats: Pet clothes to keep any dog warm," 17 Feb. 2021 Twist each strip and lay on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Homemade crackers 2.0: They’re not just for cheese boards anymore," 12 Feb. 2021 Like early hip-hop records, which isolated and extended the most exhilarating sections of popular funk songs, TikTok strip-mines sometimes stilted pop songs for ideas. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "Nothing Is Flattening Music Like TikTok," 12 Feb. 2021 But give me a double-double animal style with animal fries from In N Out, or a barbecue chicken strip sandwich from Whataburger with spicy ketchup. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Matt’s mail: Looking at Miro Heiskanen’s start to the season, the Stars’ drafting and more," 10 Feb. 2021 On the other side, there are two bills — HB 1380 and SB 411 — that advocates worry would limit their legal recourse options and further strip Hoosiers' rights to protect themselves against neighboring factory farms. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "More than 75 bills are related to the environment this session. Here are ones we’re following.," 2 Feb. 2021 Several students have filed complaints about being subjected to strip searches. New York Times, "Prestigious Istanbul University Fights Erdogan’s Reach," 1 Feb. 2021 Clean Furniture Fabric Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Christy Piña, Woman's Day, "Here's How to Clean Your House Quickly and Efficiently," 27 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of strip


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


1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for strip


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


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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28 Feb 2021

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“Strip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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



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


\ 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)



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 strip (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



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


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


separate trading of registered interest and principal of securities

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