\ 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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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 The mandatory and universal nature of our confinement has stripped away the one thing that defines our modern, privileged life: choice. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Having Kids Makes Lockdown Life Easier," 4 May 2020 While WrestleMania will be stripped down to a much smaller scale in terms of set, the matches are packed with some top superstars including; John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, Undertaker, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "WWE's WrestleMania is this weekend. Here's how to watch and what to expect," 4 Apr. 2020 Having the messaging come from the CDC, which is completely agnostic on a political basis, could strip out some of that politicalization that is just really not helpful. Helen Branswell, STAT, "An interview with the CDC director on coronavirus, masks, and an agency gone quiet," 4 Apr. 2020 Pantry shelves at New Hope Compassionate Ministry in Anchorage’s South Addition neighborhood are stripped of staples like canned soup, rice, peanut butter and pasta. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "Demand at Anchorage food pantries grows as coronavirus pandemic spreads," 20 Mar. 2020 On Tuesday, New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge also weighed in on the controversy, saying the Astros should be stripped of the 2017 title. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "LeBron James calls out MLB commissioner over handling of Astros cheating scandal," 18 Feb. 2020 The officers were stripped of their police powers pending the outcome of an investigation. CBS News, "Chicago police release extended videos of officer shooting unarmed subway rider in the back," 28 Apr. 2020 Ali was stripped of his championship and boxing license a year earlier for refusing to enter the draft. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "Day in sports: Unbeaten boxing legend Rocky Marciano retires," 27 Apr. 2020 She was stripped naked and left with nothing but a blanket and a roll of toilet paper in a dank windowless room. Saida Grundy, The Atlantic, "Why Boredom Affects Us So Much," 17 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Women make up half of the strip's two million people. NBC News, "Brazil records another new record in daily death toll," 23 May 2020 My strip is about what the Latino community is going through — all the angles. Gavin Edwards, New York Times, "A Pandemic Gives the Funny Pages a Jolt of Reality," 27 Apr. 2020 Unable to escape their unnaturally polished Möbius strip of a neighborhood, Eisenberg’s Tom and Poots’s Gemma are gradually sapped of their strength, especially after a baby is delivered to their doorstep. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "For Jesse Eisenberg, WWII biopic ‘Resistance’ and sci-fi nightmare ‘Vivarium’ both hit close to home," 26 Mar. 2020 Frank included all sorts of local events in his strip and often poked fun at Bay Area politicians, especially San Francisco mayors. Bill Van Niekerken,, "An ode to Phil Frank: When ‘Travels with Farley’ moved to SF full time," 26 Feb. 2020 Otherwise, try the two villas at Hamilton & Dune on Emu Bay beach, with their own private strip of sand. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Despite Fires, South Australia Is Open for Travelers," 5 Feb. 2020 The upswept shape of their metallic accent strip means there are three button designs where other companies would make do with one. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 24 Jan. 2020 Barcelona's players took to the field wearing red and yellow shirts, the colors of Catalonia, before reverting to its normal strip for the match. Matias Grez, CNN, "Catalan independence protesters clash with police at El Clasico," 19 Dec. 2019 Back when she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in her late 20s, Allen was working as a teacher’s aide for special-needs kids near Houston, with decent-enough insurance to pay for her insulin and glucose test strips. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "The Extraordinary Danger of Being Pregnant and Uninsured in Texas," 8 Dec. 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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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 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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