strip

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verb

stripped ˈstript How to pronounce strip (audio) also stript; stripping; strips

transitive verb

1
a
: to remove clothing, covering, or surface matter from
b
: to deprive of possessions
c
: to divest of honors, privileges, or functions
2
a
: 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
5
a
: 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

1
a
: 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
2
strippable adjective

strip

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noun

1
a
: a long narrow piece of a material
b
: a long narrow area of land or water
2
3
: a commercially developed area especially along a highway
4
5

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
For her latest gig, the model stripped down for a Valentine’s Day campaign with intimate apparel label, Bluebella. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Dwyer has been placed on restricted duty and is stripped of all police powers during the course of the ongoing investigations, according to police. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Feb. 2024 Both House and Senate bills would strip the UDC from those lists. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 And this is to say nothing of the premature celebrations that were printed after the pro-Disney board overseeing the Reedy Creek Improvement District voted to strip itself of power just as the state installed a replacement board. Becket Adams, National Review, 4 Feb. 2024 Gaza Detainees: Palestinian detainees from Gaza have been stripped, beaten, interrogated and held incommunicado over the past three months, according to accounts by nearly a dozen of the detainees or their relatives interviewed by The New York Times. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Manhattan Beach police are asking for the public’s help in locating the nearly year-old plaque from Bruce’s Beach that was stolen this week — stripped from its large plinth. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2024 One common way the Restore recycles is by stripping the wood from broken furniture and turning it into mulch, Watkins said. Marjorie Kirk, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 In December, three aerospace executives, including the chairman of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation – were stripped of their roles in the CPPCC. Nectar Gan, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024
Noun
More than a million Palestinians are crammed into the tiny strip of land along the border with Egypt. Susannah George, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Wrap the strip into a ring large enough to hold an egg and secure with glue. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Feb. 2024 The City Council voted to make the strip where ZombieRunner is located on California Avenue permanent late last year. Ryan MacAsero, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 Hot-glue a dowel between two green strips, right down the center. Amanda Kingloff, Parents, 2 Feb. 2024 Loyal fans of Lenovo's TrackPoint keyboard mini-joystick cursor controller will look in vain for the traditional three mouse buttons below the space bar—their role is performed here by a haptic strip along the top of the buttonless touchpad. Eric Grevstad, PCMAG, 1 Feb. 2024 The deputy had been trying to get in front of the fleeing vehicle to place spike strips in the road, authorities said. Emerson Clarridge, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1 Feb. 2024 Slide the eggs onto a cutting board, then cut into strips. Becky Krystal, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The Gip strip The setting: Lions ball, first-and-10 at Lions’ 25-yard line, 5:15 left in the third quarter. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

Noun

probably alteration of stripe entry 3

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of strip was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Strip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strip. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

strip

1 of 2 verb
stripped ˈstript How to pronounce strip (audio) also stript; stripping
1
a
: to remove clothing, covering, or surface substance from
b
: undress
stripped and showered
c
: plunder entry 1, spoil
troops stripped the town after capturing it
d
: to take away all duties, honors, or special rights
2
a
: to remove a layer that covers : skin, peel
strip bark from a tree
b
: to remove unimportant material from
c
: to remove furniture, equipment, or accessories from
3
: to make bare or clear (as by cutting or grazing)
4
: to tear or damage the screw thread of (as a bolt or nut)
stripper noun

strip

2 of 2 noun
1
: a long narrow piece or area
strips of bacon
a strip of land
2

Medical Definition

strip

transitive verb
stripped ˈstript How to pronounce strip (audio) ; stripping
: to remove (a vein) by means of a stripper
stripping a varicose saphenous vein

Legal Definition

strip

1 of 3 transitive verb
stripped; stripping
: to divide (a debt security) into separately traded securities entitling the owner usually to either principal or interest alone from the obligation

strip

2 of 3 noun
: 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

3 of 3 noun
plural STRIPs
: 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
Etymology

Noun

separate trading of registered interest and principal of securities

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