strip

verb
\ 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

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 strippable (audio) \ 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

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

In 2016, the city paid $5 million to settle a lawsuit by 74 black residents who said police illegally strip-searched them between 2008 and 2012. NBC News, "Milwaukee to pay $3.4 million to settle 'stop-and-frisk' lawsuit," 10 July 2018 But the water vanished when most of the Martian atmosphere was stripped away by brutal solar winds. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Newest NASA discoveries could boost search for ancient life on Mars," 8 June 2018 But the bout was postponed a day after his arrest; two weeks later, his interim title was stripped away. Garrett Graff, Longreads, "A Vor Never Sleeps," 5 June 2018 Comedian and actor Bill Cosby will be stripped of his honorary degrees from three Maryland schools, the University System of Maryland announced Friday in a statement. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "Three Maryland universities to revoke Bill Cosby's honorary degrees," 22 June 2018 Look for options with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration, which excel at stripping out even the tiniest impurities from the air, including everything from smog to pollen. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable," 1 Apr. 2019 Yorgos was involved in the big conversations, like palette—deciding to strip out color and to really be very concise with our palette. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Favourite's Production Designer Explains How They Managed to Film with All Those Rabbits," 12 Feb. 2019 That said, there are plenty of treatment options at every price point, and as the experts will tell you that gentle, targeted approaches will always work better than too-harsh products that strip your skin of moisture. Allure, "The 14 Best Cystic Acne Treatments, According to Dermatologists," 28 Mar. 2019 Exclusive images of the collab were just released yesterday, but fans noticed something that looked a little familiar: this fresh-as-hell navy striped two-piece. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Zendaya Announced a Zodiac-Inspired Clothing Collection With Tommy Hilfiger and I Need EVERYTHING," 20 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Flying in on a Cessna plane and touching down on the property’s landing strip in the late morning, Mr. Hendricks admired the sun gleaming off a nearby red rock formation known as the Palisade. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Discovery Channel Founder Lists Remote Colorado Ranch for $279 Million," 15 May 2019 As the Mayo Clinic explains, this involves poking your finger and putting a drop of blood on a test strip. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Better Control Your Type 2 Diabetes," 19 Apr. 2019 Seeking out dining options away from the main strip will be cheaper and provide a more authentic experience. Adam Schubak, Country Living, "The Best Tips For Affordable Trips and Travel on Any Budget," 19 Dec. 2018 Granted, the days when Lincoln Road’s garmentos sneezed and fashionable women everywhere caught a cold, when department stores such as Bonwit Teller dominated the strip, are long gone—as faded as last year’s tan. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "A Guide to Miami's Chicest Shopping Districts," 30 Nov. 2018 Here's what will go down: Your waxer will spread warm wax on your skin and either apply the strip for soft wax, or just wait for the hard wax to cool. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "8 Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Bikini Wax," 2 Aug. 2018 With a sharp peeler, create 10 thin strips of rhubarb by pressing firmly down on the stalk and pulling lengthwise. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Rhubarb Twists with Rhubarb Compote," 29 Apr. 2019 Other pieces included Patricia Urqiola’s Wasting Time Daybed, spoofing the inflated plastic soles of contemporary sneaker designs, and Massimiliano Locatelli’s version of the Breuer Chair, remade with strips of plastic bottles. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "The Most Mesmerizing Design Moments of Salone del Mobile," 18 Apr. 2019 Set the straightedge on the mark, and secure it with two strips of duct tape. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Cut Glass," 11 Feb. 2019

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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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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
\ 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

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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