strip

verb
\ 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

strip

noun

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

Verb

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Especially obtuse are the progressives tweeting that Senate Democrats should strip Mr. Manchin of his committee assignments. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 7 June 2021 Ciceron also calls attention to chlorine, a sanitizing agent added to swimming pools that can strip the hair of its natural protective oils, as well as salt water, which can dehydrate the hair. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 4 June 2021 The University of Michigan will not strip state Republican chairman Ron Weiser's name from a major campus building, the university said Friday. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 4 June 2021 Video showed officers also strip searched Green's 16-year-old brother, who has not been identified. NBC News, 28 May 2021 But 19 states are terminating them along with the extra $300 weekly payments, which will strip roughly 2.1 million out-of-work Americans of all their unemployment compensation. Tami Luhby, CNN, 24 May 2021 As regards Instagram, Facebook pointed me to its privacy policy, which confirms this type of metadata harvesting, and suggested that users strip EXIF data from their photos before uploading them. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 22 May 2021 Nevada officials have been increasingly turning to pop-up clinics in places like churches, schools and senior centers -- and now strip clubs -- to try to get more shots in arms. Michelle L. Price, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 This foaming option cleanses your complexion thoroughly but doesn't strip your skin. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The retail strip was built in 2017 and has tenants including Pizzeria Alba, Aura Nail Bar, the Salt Retreat and Fit Body Lab. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 21 May 2021 The car club gathering was held in the parking lot of a retail strip on the south side of Commerce, west of 24th Street, near Our Lady of the Lake University. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2021 The academy is at the end of a retail strip anchored by E&M Foods. Bob Bong, chicagotribune.com, 20 Apr. 2021 Dave’s will occupy a space in a retail strip on the west side of Pearl next to NAPA Auto Parts. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 16 Mar. 2021 Ever get down to the last gift of the bunch, and your final strip of wrapping paper is just too small to fully envelop the box? Whitson Gordon, Popular Science, 21 Dec. 2020 For eight months, The Wall Street Journal has chronicled Fifth Avenue, a commercial strip with a mix of 500 restaurants, beauty shops, yoga studios and other businesses. Peter Grant, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2020 His strip of Temple quarterback Re-al Mitchell led to UCF’s first touchdown of the game Saturday night. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Nov. 2020 Sometimes a few at a time and sometimes in packs of hundreds, shiny old discs arrive at his CD Recycling Center of America in Salem, N.H., a 300-foot blue trailer tucked behind a commercial strip, to ascend to the CD afterlife. Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2020

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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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16 Jun 2021

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“Strip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strip. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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

strip

verb
\ 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)

strip

noun

Kids Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long narrow piece or area strips of bacon a strip of land

strip

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

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strip

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

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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