strip

verb
\ˈstrip \
stripped\ ˈstript \ also stript; stripping

Definition of strip 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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 3)

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 \ 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

But in private conversations, the president has been dismissive of the military alliance and the European Union, suggesting that both entities exist to take advantage of the United States and strip it of capital. Julie Hirschfeld Davis, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump poised to enter NATO meeting as wild card among allies," 9 July 2018 And with all the recent talk about preserving healthy bacteria and nurturing skin rather than stripping it, consider enzymes a kinder, equally effective alternative for brightening and toning. Vogue, "The Star Exfoliating Ingredient That Will Give You Baby Skin," 6 July 2018 After chasing her out into the street, Jones pinned her to the ground, stripped her of her clothing and attempted to rape her, according to a news release. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "He tried to rape a homeless woman outside a library. Now, he faces prison time," 5 July 2018 By extracting a woman’s ovarian tissue prior to cancer therapy and stripping it of malignant cells, Pors was able to preserve enough functionality to support the growth and maintenance of human follicles, which carry immature eggs. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Artificial Ovaries Could Expand Fertility Options For Chemo Patients," 5 July 2018 Multiple detainees say the guards stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads. CBS News, "Young immigrants detained in Virginia allege they were beaten while cuffed, left nude in cells," 21 June 2018 Multiple detainees say the guards stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads. Michael Biesecker, chicagotribune.com, "Beatings, bags over their heads, racial slurs: Young migrants detained in Virginia allege abuse in lawsuit," 21 June 2018 Last week, Musk easily overcame an attempt to strip him of his role as chairman of Tesla's board, a controversial plan introduced by a company shareholder who raised doubts about Musk's ability to manage multiple companies simultaneously. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Tesla, still losing money, is also shedding jobs," 12 June 2018 Panama petitioned Washington to extradite Martinelli in 2015, after a Panamanian electoral commission stripped him of the political immunity traditionally afforded former presidents. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "Former Panama president extradited from U.S. to face corruption charges," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The project would be in a fast-growing part of Tobin Hill, a short walk from the Pearl and the popular St. Mary’s bar strip. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Condo towers would bring taste of New York to Tobin Hill," 13 July 2018 Chicken strips turned out to be a little mushy beneath the coating, but an entree of succulent fried shrimp delivered a nice crunch and hearty flavor. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "David Cordish's new restaurant a good bet 24/7 at Live Hotel," 12 July 2018 Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., S.F.. www.presidio.gov Crochet Jam with Ramekon O’Arwisters Learn one crochet stitch and then create an art piece using the crochet hook and fabric strips provided. SFChronicle.com, "Kids listings," 12 July 2018 The 2018-19 third kit pays homage to fan favourite kits from 1987-91, particularly the Reds’ strip from the historic 1989-90 season, when Kenny Dalglish’s side became First Division champions for the 18th time. SI.com, "PHOTO: Liverpool Unveil Trendy New Third Kit Ahead of 2018/19 Season," 12 July 2018 Media: MyRecipes 3 strips bacon 1 small onion, chopped 1 (15-ounce) can pork and beans in tomato sauce. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "A yearning for Bootlegger Beans," 10 July 2018 Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels is scheduled to visit downtown Washington, D.C., on Monday night, bringing her strip show to the Cloakroom, a nightclub located about midway between the Capitol and the White House. Frances Stead Sellers, chicagotribune.com, "Stormy Daniels to visit Washington this week — for a strip-club show," 8 July 2018 Using thin skewers or long toothpicks, assemble 16 banderillas, threading 1 cheese cube, 1 quail egg, 1 cornichon, 1 pickled onion, and 1 piquillo strip on each. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 The new president’s allies include celebrities such as Sergio Mayer, who once starred in a male strip show, and Érik Morales, a boxer. The Economist, "Mexico’s motley new congress," 5 July 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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More Definitions for strip

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

: a road that has a lot of shops, restaurants, etc., along it

strip

verb
\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)

strip

noun

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

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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