strip

verb
\ 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

strip

noun

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

Verb

strippable \ ˈstri-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce strippable (audio) \ 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

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

North Beach, whose booming nightlife once drew jazz musicians, strip club patrons and beat poets, now stands in stark contrast to the towering glass skyscrapers springing up South of Market and just as quickly filling with workers. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, "The historic San Francisco neighborhood is suddenly littered with empty storefronts. What’s the reason?," 13 June 2019 Police then strip-searched him and allegedly beat him. Billy Perrigo, Time, "‘He Had Powerful Enemies.’ Russian Journalist Ivan Golunov Has Been Released, But Media in Russia Still Can't Work Freely," 12 June 2019 Harris also did not attempt to revive his anti-marijuana provision that House Democrats stripped out of the budget. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Congressional Republicans target efforts to decriminalize sex work in the District," 12 June 2019 Originally, the bill came with $100,000 to help facilitate the new screenings, but a floor amendment by Republican Rep. Nancy Barto stripped the requirement of that funding. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Some Arizona kids will soon get free vision screenings at school," 11 June 2019 The precision bolt offers enough of a momentum freeze to focus and debilitate this foe, then whiz around and bludgeon other enemies with standard machine gun fire before returning to focused, limb-stripping sniper rounds. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "DOOM Eternal gameplay world premiere: Devil horns in the air—literally," 9 June 2019 DuVernay focuses on the lives of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise — the five men whose lives were stripped from them with a wrongful conviction — and tells their stories. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "What To Watch On Netflix Canada This Weekend," 7 June 2019 Other items discovered at the site include tools for stripping carcasses. Fox News, "12,000-year-old stone block with mysterious engravings discovered at prehistoric hunting site," 7 June 2019 Part of the thesis of The Handmaid’s Tale was that at a moment of crisis, with the population dropping to dangerous levels, America would revert back to its puritanical self, stripping away the trappings of the Enlightenment like a costume. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale is ready to burn it all down in season 3," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Video surveillance from the Walmart parking lot, the storage facility, the doctor’s home and office and the strip club helped investigators piece together the case. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Kidnappers grab plastic surgeon, tie him up and torture him with a blowtorch, court papers say," 13 June 2019 Spam has long been an important part of his act, as have things like duct tape, fishing, beer, snow, fouled-up newspaper ads, accordion music, cross-dressing, moose nuggets, small planes, strip clubs, tabloid newspapers and Costco. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Farewell to the 'Follies’: Mr. Whitekeys says his shows are ending — for good, this time," 12 June 2019 His gigs ranged from strip clubs to auditoriums, roadhouses and chicken shacks. CBS News, "Dr. John, New Orleans musician whose hits included "Right Place, Wrong Time," has died at 77," 6 June 2019 His gigs ranged from strip clubs to auditoriums, roadhouses and chicken shacks. Kevin Mcgill And Cain Burdeau, azcentral, "Dr. John, colorful New Orleans musician and multiple Grammy winner, has died," 6 June 2019 The company has grappled with complaints about its culture, including strip-club visits and inappropriate behavior by executives. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Meet Under Armour CEO’s Unusual Adviser: An MSNBC Anchor," 21 Feb. 2019 Don’t put them on in one full strip; cut them into thirds. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Makeup Artist on How to Look Like a Modern-Day Duchess," 17 Apr. 2019 The hydrogen peroxide in the strips eliminates up to 14 years of stains, according to the brand. Emma Sarran Webster, Allure, "6 of the Best Teeth-Whitening Kits in the Drugstore," 13 Sep. 2018 Despite its rapid construction, the house includes some thoughtful details like a wood paneled roof with built-in LED strips and recessed alcoves that create lovely little nooks for pieces of furniture. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern prefab house was constructed in a month," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of strip

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for strip

Verb

Middle English strepen, strippen, from Old English -strīepan; akin to Old High German stroufen to strip

Noun

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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strip

verb

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

strip

noun

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

strip

verb
\ 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)

strip

noun

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

strip

noun

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

STRIP

noun
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

Noun

separate trading of registered interest and principal of securities

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