\ 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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Take a Mets baseball fan, and strip away the handful of positive recent memories. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The New York Knicks Are Pretty Good. This Is Huge News.," 19 Apr. 2021 The goal was for the bank to strip away $4.5 billion worth of costs through a massive worldwide restructuring. Jack Kelly, Forbes, "HSBC CEO Calls For Ditching Posh Executive Offices For Hot Desks And A Hybrid Work Model," 19 Apr. 2021 Cox urges you to strip away the negativity others have implanted and start facing your body with facts., "Experts offer ways to banish anxiety about your post-lockdown looks," 17 Apr. 2021 When shopping for a pressure washer, experts recommend considering the following features: Pounds per square inch (PSI): Used to measure the water pressure and a water stream's ability to strip away debris, the PSI varies by type of pressure washer. Mili Godio, NBC News, "The 5 best pressure washers, according to experts," 8 Apr. 2021 Loyalty to Trump, after all, meant a complete disdain for public servants; a belief that faceless deep-state bureaucrats routinely conspire to strip us of our liberties. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Garcia: 'What a sellout!' Ivanka Trump loses her loyalists by getting vaccinated," 24 Apr. 2021 McCarthy also put out a statement, but left it to Democrats to take a floor vote to strip her of her committees. Lissandra Villa, Time, "Kevin McCarthy’s Gamble on a “Big Tent” GOP," 23 Apr. 2021 Natarajan’s way of defeating the computer, at some level, had been to take a policy question and strip it of all its meaningful specifics. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "The Limits of Political Debate," 11 Apr. 2021 Collins remains on the board, but two weeks ago her fellow school board members voted to strip her of her committee assignments and role as vice president. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: What’s going on with San Francisco’s schools?," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Buzdum previously was a co-owner of Silk Exotic strip clubs on Old World Third Street in Milwaukee and a location in Middleton. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Locked champagne rooms, ‘pimps’ rules’ and recruitment: Unsealed indictment shows inner workings at Wisconsin strip club," 29 Apr. 2021 Las Vegas strip clubs that went dark when Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered casinos, clubs and nonessential businesses closed more than a year ago can reopen May 1 at 80% and under strict social distancing guidelines. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Michigan cases fall 12.5% in the past week; half of Colorado adults vaccinated, governor says: Live COVID-19 updates," 23 Apr. 2021 Local restaurants, gyms and strip clubs have fought public health orders in state court with limited success. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego businesses sue to end California’s state of emergency, COVID-19 restrictions," 31 Mar. 2021 In December, a judge in California let two San Diego strip clubs make their own determinations about providing a safe environment for dancers and patrons during the pandemic. NBC News, "NYC strip clubs sue state over Covid-19 shutdown," 20 Mar. 2021 Less than an hour after the shooting in Acworth, gunfire continued in a stretch of strip clubs and massage parlors that has held on in a gentrifying neighborhood of northeastern Atlanta. New York Times, "Suspect in Atlanta Spa Attacks Is Charged With 8 Counts of Murder," 18 Mar. 2021 In December, a judge in California let two San Diego strip clubs make their own determinations about providing a safe environment for dancers and patrons during the pandemic. Star Tribune, "NYC strip clubs sue New York state over COVID shutdown," 18 Mar. 2021 Cynthia Yee, who danced in Chinatown clubs in the ’60s and whose photo is framed inside Lion’s Den, said the neighborhood’s clubs all started dying in the 1970s, unable to compete with the strip clubs rising in North Beach. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. Chinatown is getting a splashy new nightclub Friday, a throwback to '50s-era glamour," 11 Mar. 2021 All city strip clubs, not just The Penthouse Club, could reopen as of 3 p.m. Friday. Emily Opilo,, "Baltimore’s strip clubs reopen as COVID pandemic perils lurk," 7 Mar. 2021

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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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11 May 2021

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“Strip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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
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 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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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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