\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

The chore was stripped from the Legislature and handed to an nonpartisan citizens’ commission. George Skelton,, "The November election just got a lot less confusing for California voters," 2 July 2018 But when the Yankees hit the trade deadline in 2016 with a .500 record and a future that needed rebooting, the team stripped down with a number of trades and made room for their young prospects to arrive and grow. Bob Ford,, "As Phillies find their way, playing teams like the Yankees helps | Bob Ford," 28 June 2018 He was stripped of his captaincy and suspended for a half for punching an opponent in the groin in December. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Nigerian childhood paved way for Metu’s NBA journey," 26 June 2018 The prose helps, too; Maya’s voice is both specific and stripped-down, well suited to her scientific sensibility. Susan Kaplan Carlton,, "Meredith Goldstein is growing love in a lab," 22 June 2018 Chloë Grace Moretz’s latest project has her stripped down. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Chloë Grace Moretz on Being Shamed for Acne in Hollywood," 22 June 2018 The booklets include photos of Beyoncé and JAY-Z stripped down in bed. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé and JAY-Z Share Intimate Photos in Bed For Their On the Run Tour Book," 11 June 2018 But through the help of the Veterans Administration, the Idaho Joint Military Family Programs and a group of volunteers, the family saw the start of a miracle Saturday, as crews got to work on completely stripping and replacing the house's roof. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "He has 2 Purple Hearts but couldn't afford home repairs. Then help arrived - for free.," 10 June 2018 The Daily Iberian also claims that Wright was stripped and left naked for two hours after the incident. Paula Rogo,, "Louisiana Woman Wins Lawsuit Against Police Officers That Used Excessive Force On Her While Pregnant," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The money was taken from Kazazi last year during a strip-search at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. CBS News, "Customs and Border Protection says it will repay U.S. citizen after reportedly seizing his life's savings," 8 June 2018 He was lined up at tackle on his strip-sack of Brady. Paul Domowitch,, "How Eagles' Brandon Graham overcame pair of injuries in Super Bowl to sack Tom Brady," 7 June 2018 Deshae stayed with Khaled’s brother, but instead of heading to the strip, Khaled drove the couple to a dead-end street anchored by a deserted strip mall. Jeremy Fuchs,, "Life After Escaping the World of Human Trafficking," 10 May 2018 The Royal Tea Room, Tampa Tucked away in a strip shopping mall, this tea room has been wowing guests for more than 20 years, Reeves says. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 traditional tea rooms perfect for Mother’s Day," 4 May 2018 The shooters then fled the strip mall, with one driving over a small strip of grass to roll directly onto Loyola Drive, and the other heading toward the other end of the lengthy strip mall before hitting Loyola. Laura Mcknight,, "No victims found at scene of Kenner strip mall shootout," 17 Mar. 2018 Sitting in this strip-mall coffee shop in Springfield, Mo., the 38-year-old gives off the vibe of a patient high school teacher. Time, "This Bitcoin-Trading Family Man Faced Years in Prison. Now He’s Telling His Story," 1 Mar. 2018 The fumbles in the pocket, the strip-sacks, those kinds of things, he's got a tendency to keep his off-hand, his left hand off the ball. Dan Labbe,, "Which free agent quarterback fits the Browns? (video)," 21 Feb. 2018 At the core of the lawsuit is a question playing out in strip clubs and courtrooms across the country. Robert Channick,, "Exotic dancer sues Admiral Theatre for denying her employee wages and benefits," 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


separate trading of registered interest and principal of securities

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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

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