\ 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 Harley is alone in a brutal world, a faux-tragic figure stripped of the Joker’s protection and forced to eke out a living as a waitress. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Birds of Prey’ Review: Harley Redux, With Joy," 6 Feb. 2020 She recalled being brought in from a ghetto in what was then Czechoslovakia by cattle car, being stripped of her clothes, shaved and put in a gas chamber. Vanessa Gera, Anchorage Daily News, "Auschwitz survivors warn of rising anti-Semitism on 75th anniversary of liberation," 27 Jan. 2020 Why so suddenly demure about the prospects of being stripped of his jersey? Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "The problem with Drew Pearson’s HOF snub, why the Mavs should make a trade and the latest Astros fallout," 19 Jan. 2020 Protests against the law come amid an ongoing crackdown in Muslim-majority Kashmir, the restive Himalayan region stripped of its semi-autonomous status and demoted from a state into a federal territory in August. Emily Schmall,, "Indian leader defends law assailed as discriminatory against Muslims," 22 Dec. 2019 The fear is that a nation-wide NRC could only prove disastrous where residents could be profiled on the basis of their religions and stripped of their citizenship overnight. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India’s new Citizenship Act and national register of citizens are both inspired by “paranoia”," 15 Dec. 2019 Nunes is the only woman in UFC history to hold titles in two different weight classes, and de Randamie is a decorated boxer from Holland, looking to get a title after being stripped of her UFC featherweight championship belt. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "UFC 245: How to watch Usman vs Covington and Holloway vs Volkanovski | TV info and live stream," 13 Dec. 2019 Offensive coordinator Tim Beck has also been stripped of his responsibilities. Nick Moyle,, "Todd Orlando dismissed as UT’s defensive coordinator," 1 Dec. 2019 Lincoln and Neill In regard to Macalester College’s decision to strip the name of Edward Duffield Neill from a building on campus: Neill worked for President Abraham Lincoln as an assistant secretary. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: If Lincoln thought Macalester founder was OK, that’s good enough for me," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Many music fans were upset by the celebrities' trip to the strip club, taking to social media to voice their frustrations. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Internet Is Torn Over This Video Of Dua Lipa & Lizzo At A Strip Club," 28 Jan. 2020 Two men died after a shooting at a west-side strip club early Monday, police said. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Security guard, patron killed in shooting at west-side Indianapolis strip club," 27 Jan. 2020 The two reportedly met at a strip club in Washington, D.C. Revelations of Biden's taste for expensive cars and homes come after reports of financial difficulties in recent years. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Hunter Biden spotted in Beverly Hills driving $129K Porsche," 27 Jan. 2020 Now, use the scissors to cut the sandpaper into narrow strips. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Your Dull Scissors Back To Work," 21 Jan. 2020 Most traditional methods call for slicing the bark into strips and drying it, then later grinding it into flour for cooking. Tim Macwelch, Popular Science, "Eight ways an evergreen tree could save your life," 26 Dec. 2019 Most traditional methods call for slicing the bark into strips and drying it, then later grinding it into flour for cooking. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "8 Ways to Use Evergreen Trees in a Survival Situation," 23 Dec. 2019 Hightower returned to the title game in Super Bowl LI and made another key defensive play with a strip sack in the fourth quarter, leading to a New England touchdown in the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime victory against the Falcons on Feb. 5, 2017. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Alabama’s Super Bowl winning streak reaches 8," 3 Feb. 2020 But Eagles DE Brandon Graham basically secured the result by serving up the game's lone defensive highlight with a strip sack of Brady with 2:09 to go. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking every Super Bowl game from best to worst: Where does Chiefs vs. 49ers stand?," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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