\ 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



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


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


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.


a small strip of cloth the half-mile strip of road
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This operatic interpretation placed vocal beauty above all else, stripping the musical of its theatrical spirit and leaving me cold. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "The Trouble With Bernstein’s Broadway in the Concert Hall," 13 July 2018 That last step—stripping hydrogen off ammonia molecules—is what Dolan and his colleagues are working on. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 Additional safety improvements feature high visibility striping and installing permanent rumble strips along the highway centerline to warn drivers if their vehicle is drifting outside of the lane. Ramona Sentinel, "Caltrans begins $11M repairs on Route 78," 11 July 2018 Most acne treatments on the market are filled with irritating ingredients that strip your skin of natural oils. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Best Face Oil for Every Single Skin Type," 11 July 2018 Time, construction activities and the elements had taken their toll over the years, with portions of the mural almost completely being stripped away. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Iconic Tower Records mural in downtown is getting a little love," 10 July 2018 Keas, inquisitive green parrots native to New Zealand, unabashedly pry open trash can lids, strip the insulation from power lines and duel unarmed windshield wipers on cars. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 After that, Poland could face a case before the EU Court of Justice, which can impose large fines but which cannot strip Poland of its voting rights. The Economist, "Poland’s government sacks a third of its Supreme Court," 5 July 2018 On this day, lovers, neighbors, children, and friends gather around a BBQ, cold beers sweating in hand, to stare into piles of pork belly, strip steak, burger patties, and row after row of red hot dogs. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of the Vegan Hot Dog," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At the core of the lawsuit is a question playing out in strip clubs and courtrooms across the country. Robert Channick,, "Exotic dancer sues Admiral Theatre for denying her employee wages and benefits," 13 July 2018 Swann told the adult film actress who had just bared it all during a 15-minute strip tease. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Stormy Daniels’ strip club act bookends Trump’s court reveal," 10 July 2018 In this Australian import, your favorite characters from Endor, Tatooine and beyond trade light speed for strip tease. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lily Janiak’s theater picks, June 3," 31 May 2018 The city tried taxing lap dances at strip clubs a few years back. Stu Bykofsky,, "Welcome to Taxadelphia, where you pay more than you realize | Stu Bykofsky," 10 July 2018 The Windmill Dinner Theater at Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard later became a strip club. John D'anna, azcentral, "'Hogan's Heroes' star Bob Crane was murdered 40 years ago. Why does it still fascinate us?," 29 June 2018 Late Saturday, the military carried out several airstrikes in the northern Gaza strip, near the Erez border crossing, to destroy a Hamas tunnel that was being built there., "Israel bombs Gaza tunnel, closes key crossing after attack," 12 May 2018 Late Saturday, the military carried out several airstrikes in the northern Gaza strip, near the Erez border crossing, to destroy a Hamas tunnel that was being built there., "Israel bombs Gaza tunnel, closes key crossing amid weekly mass protests," 12 May 2018 Late Saturday, the military carried out several airstrikes in the northern Gaza strip, near the Erez border crossing, to destroy a Hamas tunnel that was being built there. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Israel bombs Gaza tunnel, closes key crossing after attack," 12 May 2018

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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


separate trading of registered interest and principal of securities

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The first known use of strip was in the 13th century

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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

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


\ 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)



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



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

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