\ 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



Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from strip


strippable \ ˈstri-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce strippable (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 In that race, Johnson was stripped of the victory, second-place finisher Carl Lewis was given the gold medal and the world record at 9.92 and Smith, who’d finished fourth, received a bronze medal upon Johnson’s disqualification. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Alabama 200: State’s sports history littered with amazing, memorable moments," 27 Nov. 2019 Fun fact: the original Thanksgiving revelers turned their leftovers into porridge after the carcasses were stripped of their meat — so a post-Thanksgiving congee or jook is probably the most traditional approach of all. Soleil Ho,, "How do we come to a “more honest” Thanksgiving? Readers respond," 25 Nov. 2019 Once in Alabama, the facade castings were stripped of lead paint and, when necessary, repaired. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "Restoring Brooklyn’s Queen of Department Stores," 22 Nov. 2019 He was then immediately stripped of his knighthood. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Who Was Sir Anthony Blunt, the Queen's "Art Advisor"?," 17 Nov. 2019 And then in the third quarter, as Hurts bolted toward a score that would have cut Baylor’s lead to a touchdown, he was stripped by Bears defensive end James Lynch, who fell on the football in the end zone. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Oklahoma stages monumental comeback to knock off No. 10 Baylor," 17 Nov. 2019 Xhaka was stripped of the honour after his extraordinary reaction to fan abuse as he was substituted against Crystal Palace., "Why the Granit Xhaka Captaincy Saga Proves Unai Emery Isn't the Man for Arsenal," 6 Nov. 2019 Ng was initially stripped of his potential winnings and banned from competing for the next year. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Blizzard accepts 'accountability' over Hong Kong controversy, but gamers still aren't happy," 2 Nov. 2019 Former defensive player of the year Draymond Green was stripped of key complementary defensive pieces such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston this summer, forcing unproven youngsters to step into major roles. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Analysis: Steph Curry breaks hand, sending Warriors spiraling into an identity crisis," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the next play, a third-and-long, Richarson forced his first strip-sack of the year. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Sheldon Richardson responds to Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi suspensions by playing his best game as a Brown -- Film Review," 26 Nov. 2019 One of the Bears’ two touchdowns came on a 3-yard drive thanks to Khalil Mack’s strip-sack. Brad Biggs,, "Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ 19-14 win over the Giants," 25 Nov. 2019 Ansah also had a strip-sack of Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz and the fumble was recovered by defensive tackle Poona Ford early in the second quarter, but the play was negated by a holding penalty on cornerback Shaquill Griffin. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks’ defense wreaks havoc without Jadeveon Clowney during win over the Philadelphia Eagles," 25 Nov. 2019 With a bench scraper or knife, cut crosswise into 12 strips. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Three new spins on traditional Turkey Day side dishes," 18 Nov. 2019 Demarco Abbott, Detroit Osborn: Recorded two strip sacks and returned both fumbles for touchdowns in the Knights’ 54-0 victory over Detroit Pershing. Joey Yashinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football: Here's who starred in Week 6," 5 Oct. 2019 Use firm and even pressure to cut the sfoglia into strips, moving from south to north. CBS News, "Recipes from pasta master Evan Funke," 28 Sep. 2019 Ghee works best because of its high smoke point!) 12 ounces fresh okra, halved and sliced into long strips vertically 2 tablespoons cornmeal Dollop ghee on a rimmed baking sheet and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Callie Blount, al, "How to make perfect oven-fried okra," 24 Sep. 2019 Denico Autry strip-sacks Mariota on third down, and the Titans recover. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Colts get first win of season in nail-biter over Titans, but Vinatieri worries prevail," 15 Sep. 2019

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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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1 Dec 2019

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“Strip.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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How to pronounce strip (audio)

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 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



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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