\ 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
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 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


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

The funding specific to the ShakeAlert program was stripped out in a late round of negotiations and ShakeAlert was left to rely on federal grant money, a disappointing development, O’Driscoll said., "After powerful earthquakes rattle California, Oregon’s early warning system still waits for funding," 9 July 2019 He was first suspended and stripped of his championship belt after being connected to a hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2015. Allen Kim, CNN, "Here's what's on the line at Saturday's UFC 239," 3 July 2019 When this happened, she was stripped of her security clearance and sent off to a remote cubicle somewhere; she was basically condemned to oblivion. CBS News, "Whistleblower exposes $7 billion no-bid Defense Department contract," 30 June 2019 The Office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods, the city agency that oversaw the rollout of the Cure Violence model, will get stripped of roughly $1 million under the council's plan. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Library hours, police recruiting, pools: What's at stake at Tuesday's budget vote," 25 June 2019 Less than three minutes later, goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher’s pass to Becky Sauerbrunn was stripped by Lucia Garcia and the ball wound up at the feet of Hermoso, who sent her shot from the penalty arc into the top right corner. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "Megan Rapinoe’s goals lift USWNT over Spain to advance in FIFA Women’s World Cup," 24 June 2019 But in my nightmare scenario, the strip is all sleek hotels and chain boutiques, and has been stripped of its last music club. San Diego Union-Tribune, "L.A. is losing its weird edges to bland, boxy and Instagram-friendly," 20 June 2019 The ruling doesn’t mean Adidas is stripped of using its distinctive three-stripes design in the EU, or anywhere else around the world. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "After Stunning Ruling, Adidas' Iconic Logo Could Lose Some Trademark Protection in EU," 20 June 2019 Eventually, the imposing complex was stripped of its marble and fell into ruin. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "You Can Now Tour the Tunnels Beneath Rome’s Baths of Caracalla," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No offense to the Scarlet Knights, but an 8,000-seat edifice in the middle of New Jersey (but quite near a strip joint) was not exactly an NBA-appropriate site. Bob Ryan,, "The Brooklyn Nets have quite a history — and a stupid nickname," 6 July 2019 Curry was tried in Washington County Circuit Court on charges related to the girl’s work at strip clubs., "Court orders new trial for Oregon sex offender after finding race likely played role in juror exclusion," 3 July 2019 That’s the short and sweet way to explain how Charlie Brown’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill has been able to turn an otherwise easy-to-miss, corner strip-center space off Starcrest Drive into a thriving business. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Charlie Brown’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill," 28 June 2019 On Tuesday, Cardi made an appearance in Queens County Criminal Court after being indicted by a grand jury over a strip club brawl she was involved in last August. Joelle Goldstein,, "Cardi B's Signature 'Okurrr' Phrase Denied Trademark Registration by Government Officials," 28 June 2019 Construction is already underway at the strip center. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "44,950-square foot Centre at Northpark to bring Tex-Mex restaurant, new businesses to Kingwood," 21 June 2019 Crime scene tape blocked the entrance to Drake’s restaurant and other businesses in the strip center as police investigated the scene, Fox59 reported. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Fishers man shot to death in north-side Indianapolis strip mall parking lot," 5 June 2019 Values of office and net lease buildings have leveled off this year, according to real-estate firm Green Street Advisors, while values of malls and strip centers have fallen between 2% to 7% in the past 12 months. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Real-Estate Stocks Beating S&P 500 for First Time Since 2015," 18 Dec. 2018 The proposal submitted to the city calls for an 8-acre project called Marquesa on the eastern portion of the existing strip shopping center at 5203 Coconut Creek Parkway. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Part of Margate shopping center may be demolished for new apartment complex," 6 July 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

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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 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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