\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

Anti-woman conservatives play the long game, methodically plodding along for decades, working state-by-state and in the courts to strip away our rights. Kate Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Why the United States Constitution Needs An Equal Rights Amendment," 29 Oct. 2018 Facial recognition has the potential to strip dignity, all behind the scenes, and all surreptitiously. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Facial recognition is becoming one of the 21st century’s biggest public space issues," 19 Oct. 2018 The last time the government tried to strip people of their citizenship was, according to Columbia Professor Mae Ngai, during The Red Scare of the 1950s. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Stripping U.S. Citizens of Their Passports Is a Precursor to Genocide," 7 Sep. 2018 The Senate, with 50 members, stripped out that amendment and bounced it back to the House, where the bill now sits., "With Pa. House, Senate gone, big issues remain unresolved," 4 July 2018 Android, for example, is the most popular mobile operating system in China, but Google services are stripped out for Chinese users. New York Times, "Google’s Deal Shows Silicon Valley Still Wants In on China," 18 June 2018 Just last year, Republicans came close to passing a health care bill that would have stripped Americans of protections for preexisting conditions without offering a comparable plan to replace them. Mac Schneider, Vox, "The big lie Republicans are telling this election," 6 Nov. 2018 Sierra Nevada plans to buy surplus, obsolete UH-60A Blackhawk helicopters, strip them down to their frames, and rebuild them to the Pentagon’s UH-60L standard. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Wants Helicopters to Help Defend Nuclear Missiles," 10 Aug. 2018 These characters rarely had any lines, were stripped of any internal dialogue, and often embodied anti-Asian racist stereotypes. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How "Crazy Rich Asians" Is Making History as a Romantic Comedy," 9 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Because the paper’s advertising base was almost entirely the worst kind of nightclubs and strip clubs and brothels even. Eric Johnson, Recode, "The media is responsible for President Trump and it still hasn’t learned from 2016, says Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi," 18 Oct. 2018 Cardi B has reportedly turned herself in to police after allegations emerged that she was involved in a brawl at a strip club. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Reportedly Turned Herself In to Police Following an Argument That Allegedly Turned Violent," 1 Oct. 2018 Williams told Senate colleagues, who are gathered for a special legislative session, that she was booked and strip-searched at the Fulton County jail and held for five hours. Kate Brumback, The Seattle Times, "Georgia senator decries her arrest at vote-count protest," 14 Nov. 2018 Ted [Allen], my predecessor and mentor, has a massive magnetic strip with all of his knives displayed proudly, and that’s 100 percent me. Vogue, "Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski on his Dream Kitchen—And Why Ample Counter Space, a Massive Butcher Block, and “the Biggest Fridge Ever” Are Musts," 9 Nov. 2018 The easiest way to do this is by using testing strips. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Winterize Your Pool," 25 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, using vegetable peeler, remove 8 strips lemon zest and place in small saucepan. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Parsnip and Potato Mash," 23 Oct. 2018 Officers deployed spike strips in an attempt to stop the suspects. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Washington police officer killed after being struck by patrol vehicle during pursuit, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 The project would be in a fast-growing part of Tobin Hill, a short walk from the Pearl and the popular St. Mary’s bar strip. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Condo towers would bring taste of New York to Tobin Hill," 13 July 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 move with a clumsy heavy tread

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