\ 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 Allies turned away, and the council stripped him of his prized chairmanship of the Committee on Finance and Revenue. Washington Post, "D.C. Council member Jack Evans to resign over ethics violations," 7 Jan. 2020 Kawhi Leonard stripped him on the way before one shot attempt. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Sekou Doumbouya records double-double in first start, a loss to Clippers," 3 Jan. 2020 The plan, Wong explains, was to kidnap the shooter, strip him and then rob him of the marijuana. Brian Planalp,, "Detective reveals alleged details of night Centerville teen was murdered," 27 Dec. 2019 Hintz also called on Zepnick to resign and stripped him of privileges, but Zepnick stayed on. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Green Bay lawmaker accused of sexually harassing staff member in Legislature," 19 Dec. 2019 When cool enough to handle, strip them of their meat and toss the skin, gristle, and bones, reserving both the meat and the concentrated broth. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get cooking: Science closing in on number of genes in the apple genome," 4 Dec. 2019 They were ordered to appear before review boards that could have stripped them of their Tridents for not having reported Gallagher's actions during the battle for Mosul in Iraq. David Martin, CBS News, "After Trump intervenes in war crimes case, 3 more Navy SEALs escape accountability," 27 Nov. 2019 Later, Jim Shanley appears headed for a go-ahead touchdown when Oregon State’s Nub Beamer, lying on the ground, reaches up and strips him of the ball near the goal line and recovers the fumble. oregonlive, "Civil War football history: The Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers’ 122 meetings, game by game," 25 Nov. 2019 That award was later approved for an upgrade to the Distinguished Service Cross - one step down from the Medal of Honor - but the Army stripped him of either decoration and also took away his Special Forces tab. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Insurgents’ lobbied Trump for war crimes pardons with little Pentagon involvement, officials say," 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two Columbus police officers have been fired and two supervisors disciplined in connection with their handling of the July 2018 arrest of adult film performer Stormy Daniels at a local strip club. Jim Woods,, "2 Columbus officers fired, 2 supervisors suspended over Stormy Daniels arrest," 24 Jan. 2020 The majority of the money went to Philadelphia-area strip clubs between July 2007 and December 2017, the Justice Department stated. Washington Post, "A professor used $185K in research grants on strip clubs, iTunes and more, officials say," 17 Jan. 2020 In Dallas, a strip club lured customers with a first-come-first-serve promise of the elusive Popeyes sandwich. Emily Heil, Houston Chronicle, "How 2019 became the Year of the Chicken Sandwich," 24 Dec. 2019 The former co-owner of a downtown Milwaukee strip club was also linked to the investigation into Childs. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two men who ran a Dodge County strip club charged in federal prostitution case," 11 Dec. 2019 Essentially, local governments are arguing for the rights of women to enter strip clubs without men. Tribune Media Services, al, "Alabama woman’s trip to Florida strip club sparks constitutional battle," 9 Dec. 2019 His teammates, though, also knew him as the guy who’d decline the strip club outings, and the attentions of pretty, hovering girls. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Is chastity old-fashioned? An NFL veteran’s take on Seventh Commandment.," 6 Dec. 2019 What once was a longtime Louisville strip club is about to undergo a transformation. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville night club Trixie's has been sold. What's next for the site?," 22 Nov. 2019 Two days later Oswald himself was shot and killed by a Dallas strip club owner during a jail transfer. USA Today, "JFK files: CIA spy in Cuba ‘befriended’ Castro, Che; played key role amid nuclear-war fears," 21 Nov. 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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27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strip.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 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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