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

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 … 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



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

Other Words from strip


strippable \ ˈstri-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce strip (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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The amendment list includes, for instance, measures to strip up to $100 billion from the overall cost of the defense bill. Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 After the White House reluctantly agreed to strip out this proposal, which would have particularly affected coal-burning power plants, Manchin could have declared victory. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 15 July 2022 However, the company confirmed, Snapchat+ will continue to serve up ads — something that other subscription plans like YouTube Premium strip out. Todd Spangler, Variety, 29 June 2022 Organic sales, which strip out effects from currency fluctuations and mergers, rose 13%. Connor Hart, WSJ, 29 June 2022 The seasonal factors, the model that the government uses to strip out seasonal fluctuations from the data, had expected a drop of 21,362 in unadjusted claims, as hiring typically increases in summer. Washington Post, 9 June 2022 If the eastern brigades teeter, Kyiv might have no choice but to strip forces from the southern front in order to reinforce Donbas. David Axe, Forbes, 15 June 2022 When creating other characters, or having to strip that down sometimes for other work, is so much fun. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 16 Mar. 2022 House Democrats voted to strip both lawmakers from their committee assignments last year. Melanie Zanona, CNN, 26 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Abraham was strip-searched and placed in isolation on suicide watch until he was released from jail several days later. oregonlive, 8 June 2022 This is how, in the end, Voskuil convinced Gomez — a chef formally trained at El Colegio Superior de Gastronomia and a guy without any professional experience making tacos — to run his taqueria in an Alexandria strip center. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 Also located on the site is a secondary strip center that’s occupied by Royal Liquor and Wine, BumbleBee Play Café, Duet Dance Academy and a Phoenix Athletics physical fitness facility. Gloria Casas,, 7 Dec. 2021 Wentz managed the chaos well early on, throwing when hit or stepping up into a safer place, but the dam eventually broke early in the third quarter when Barrett won with speed and strip-sacked him, leading to a Bucs touchdown drive. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Nov. 2021 After Cardinals backup QB Colt McCoy started and was strip-sacked by ex-Cardinal Haason Reddick in their opening drive at their own 32, the Panthers capitalized on the field position. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 14 Nov. 2021 During the Patriots' 24-6 win over the Panthers, Jones was strip-sacked by Brian Burns with 39 seconds left in the first quarter. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2021 On second-and-10, he was strip-sacked by Quincy Roche and Leonard Williams recovered the loose ball for the Giants to ice the game. Tom Canavan,, 7 Nov. 2021 On 2nd-and-10, he was strip-sacked by Quincy Roche and Leonard Williams recovered the loose ball to ice the game. Tom Canavan, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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\ 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


transitive verb
\ ˈstrip How to pronounce strip (audio) \
stripped\ ˈstript How to pronounce strip (audio) \; stripping

Medical Definition of strip

: to remove (a vein) by means of a stripper stripping a varicose saphenous vein


transitive verb
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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