\ 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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Other Words from strip


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 That means icy roads, panicked shoppers stripping grocery stores of the essentials, and the possibility of school closures. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "10 tips to prepare your home and car for winter weather," 10 Jan. 2020 The trio closed out 2019 with their first-ever performance on iconic UK program, BBC 2's Jools Holland's Hootenanny, on New Year's Eve, and also dropped a new stripped-down live EP, Trio Sessions: Vol. 1. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Joseph's #TBT Mixtape Is Dedicated to their Pre-Record-Deal Selves," 9 Jan. 2020 But strip away all the glitz and hype, and CES remains a good opportunity to get a sense of how tech-makers are thinking about the coming months or years. Wired Staff, Wired, "The 8 Things We Expect to See at CES 2020," 4 Jan. 2020 Linebacker Azeez Ojulari sacked and stripped Brewer on fourth-and-4 and Walker recovered on the Baylor 47. Brett Martel, Houston Chronicle, "Georgia takes down Baylor in Sugar Bowl," 1 Jan. 2020 Only this time, Gillison had the ball stripped and Wake Forest recovered. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan State's Trenton Gillison's performance was a grand slam at Yankee Stadium," 30 Dec. 2019 But the Irish took the ball right back when safety Alohi Gilman stripped Iowa State punt returner Tarique Milton, and wide receiver Chase Claypool recovered the loose ball. Tyler James, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame finds passion and purpose in Camping World Bowl rout of Iowa State," 29 Dec. 2019 The Navy Board also considered stripping Gallagher of his status as a Navy SEAL. CBS News, "Fellow Navy SEALs call Edward Gallagher "toxic" and "evil" in never-before-seen interviews," 27 Dec. 2019 The government stripped the country’s only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir, of its autonomy., "NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India delivered on Sunday a strident defense of a contentious citizenship law that has fueled deadly protests, accusing opposition politicians of “spreading lies” and demonstrators of trying to destroy the country through vandalism and bloodshed.," 23 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The new model will feature an RGB light strip on the front for all to see. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "A huge battery, teeny fan blades, and other cool features adorn MSI's GS66 Stealth and GE66 Raider," 10 Jan. 2020 Norwell officials want to change zoning rules to allow about 100 housing units to be built at Queen Anne’s Plaza, a shopping strip near the Hingham border at the busy intersection of Routes 228 and 53. Johanna Seltz,, "Norwell officials seek zoning changes for new development," 9 Jan. 2020 Light strips flow through the whole vehicle, meant to remind the viewer of a neural network. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR Concept Inspired by 2009 Film Avatar, Scales and All," 7 Jan. 2020 Hannah's makeup is dripping down her face, putting Rachel Lindsay’s crumpled eyelash strip to shame. Ariana Romero,, "The Bachelor Premiere Answered Every Hannah & Peter Mystery," 7 Jan. 2020 The Auto Guide took its inspiration from one of the oldest forms of the map: the strip map. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, "Turn-by-turntables: How drivers got from point A to point B in the early 1900s," 6 Jan. 2020 Pilgrim's Pride, owned by food processor JBS USA, said equipment failure caused plastic contamination in 2016 that led the company to recall more than 5 million pounds of chicken nuggets, patties and strips. Kimberley Kindy, Anchorage Daily News, "Recalls for processed meat rise drastically as consumers bite down on metal, plastic and glass," 28 Dec. 2019 Then Beverley, who chipped in nine meaningful rebounds, sealed the win with an ambitious strip with 3.6 seconds remaining as James rose up for a potential game-tying 3 from the wing. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Instead of a Merry Christmas, Maybe LeBron Will Have a Happy Birthday," 26 Dec. 2019 Officers eventually stopped the vehicle using a spike strip from West Allis police., "2 officers injured by suspect who led a nearly 65-mile chase through 10 Milwaukee communities," 12 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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strip.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 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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