\ ˈstrip \
stripped\ ˈstript \ 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



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 \ 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


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.


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

All the door heights were raised to the same level, mantels were stripped of excess molding, and the wide plank floors were painted the color of fresh milk. Kathleen Renda, House Beautiful, "How Liliane Hart Brought Hygge To The Hamptons," 13 Dec. 2018 Kourtney Kardashian is totally is stripped down for the December/January issue of GQ Mexico. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian Is Totally Pantless on the Cover of GQ Mexico," 27 Nov. 2018 Fold 2 wider corn husk strips in half, and wrap together at ends with a third strip to form a bow; hot-glue in place. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 The paintings, and their almost psychedelic palette, are as fleshlike and physical as O’Keeffe’s New Mexican work is stripped and metaphysical. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 For the big splash, Chris stripped it down to a stylish Speedo and then dove in. Sallee Ann Ruibal,, "Cincinnati man perfectly belly flops on Jimmy Kimmel," 11 July 2018 Since the major-league roster was stripped and a rebuilding program began in 2015, general manager David Stearns and his staff have diligently to build depth from top to bottom in the organization. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers' depth has been huge in overcoming series of injuries this season," 6 July 2018 And yes, she’s embraced a new look -- this time, however, she’s found inspiration in her own skin which is why these days her aesthetic is more stripped back (her album cover is just her bare face). Gerrick D. Kennedy,, "After a six-year hiatus, Christina Aguilera finds her 'Liberation'," 2 July 2018 Regardless of that decision, the lot needs to be resurfaces and striped, Barr said, noting that such project likely would be included in the 2019 village budget. Chuck Fieldman,, "Clarendon Hills looks to allow overnight parking at Park Avenue lot," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

News reports that while other stars were cozying up in preparation of Friday’s nomination announcement, Cardi was in court to address a case regarding an alleged strip club fight. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Learned About Her Grammy Nominations as She Left Court," 8 Dec. 2018 After that, coat the strips in a mix of paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and oil. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "I Made Carrot 'Bacon' and It Was Pretty Convincing," 4 Sep. 2018 Its algorithms strip out all personal information, such as names and email addresses. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "Yahoo, Bucking Industry, Scans Emails for Data to Sell Advertisers," 28 Aug. 2018 This bar and restaurant strip in Old Fourth Ward and Sweet Auburn—just a block from the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr.—is, in many ways, a microcosm of real Atlanta culture. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 16 most Instagrammable places in U.S. cities," 18 July 2018 The people at the border, the Germans at the border, strip-searched us to make sure that there was nothing hidden and said to get dressed again and wait for the next train. Howard Reich,, "Precious possessions: The genocide survivors who kept them tell their stories," 13 July 2018 During her time in U.S. custody, Flores was repeatedly strip-searched. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Separating Children From Parents is Shocking And Inhumane — It Is Also An American Tradition," 22 June 2018 Butter Cream Bakery is a pink-and-white-striped beacon of sugar and caffeine on a four-lane strip in the heart of Napa, California. Kira Garcia, Bon Appetit, "Napa Has Changed, Butter Cream Bakery Has Not," 6 June 2018 The district is connected south through a half-mile wide strip in Berea, continues south beyond Wooster and wraps below Akron to eastern Portage County. Rich Exner,, "Ohio Issue 1 Q&A: congressional redistricting and the ills of gerrymandering - Election preview," 3 May 2018

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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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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

: a road that has a lot of shops, restaurants, etc., along it


\ ˈstrip \
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 \
stripped\ ˈstript \; 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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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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