\ 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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Ukrainians clearly are determined to strip away Snake Island’s defenses. David Axe, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Democrats are already trying to strip away our church’s tax-exempt status. Armond White, National Review, 1 Apr. 2022 The quest for additional federal funding comes after Republican states have moved to strip away private sources of money to help run elections, with 11 states last year banning such practices. Fredreka Schouten And Kelly Mena, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 The sale came weeks after XPO, one of the largest logistics companies in North America, announced plans to spin off its brokerage segment and strip away its European business, leaving behind less-than-truckload operations XPO acquired in 2015. Lydia O’neal, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 Koffee was inspired by the solitude of lockdown to strip some of the noise away from her still-developing sound, and several of the songs have an acoustic, off-the-cuff feel. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 The humor keeps this uplifting but doesn’t strip away from the poignancy of the narrative and its potential resonance with audiences both in and outside of Sweden. Caitlin Quinlan, Variety, 16 Feb. 2022 Bathing too often has been shown to dry out skin and strip away the oils in your skin's outer layers that help preserve moisture. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 Sometimes the most creative thing a person can do is strip things down to brass tacks. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The standout defensive lineman was credited with two sacks (although defenders could not tackle quarterbacks), including a strip-sack of fellow freshman Jacurri Brown. Adam Lichtenstein, Sun Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2022 Below, Winovich wins with speed and a rip move to get a strip sack for a touchdown against Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 Ogunjobi had a fumble recovery after Trey Hendrickson's strip-sack of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to set up a field goal by Evan McPherson during the Bengals' playoff win against Las Vegas. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 15 Mar. 2022 Remember two weeks later when Mack’s fourth-quarter strip-sack of Sam Bradford sealed a 16-14 road win over the Arizona Cardinals and his teammates were already likening his skill set and impact to LeBron James’? Dan Wiederer,, 11 Mar. 2022 Miller has collected at least one sack in six straight games for the Rams and snagged a strip-sack of Bucs quarterback Tom Brady in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 30-27 victory over Tampa Bay last weekend in the divisional round of the playoffs. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Jan. 2022 The Rams, after Leonard Fournette’s one-yard touchdown run pulled Tampa Bay to within 27-13 late in the third quarter, regain momentum on Von Miller’s strip-sack of Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2022 The quarterback, in the first playoff game of his eight-year career, had the game’s first turnover: A strip sack caused by top Bengals pass rusher Trey Hendrickson (exploiting tight end Foster Moreau and Carr not throwing to an open DeSean Jackson). Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2022 Jones' strip-sack of Wilson was no surprise considering the opponent. David Brandt, ajc, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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\ 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


transitive verb
\ 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


transitive verb
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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