\ 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 Another finds Rhona confronting a white slaver (Al Sapienza, oozing sleaze) who, after subduing her, makes sure to have her stripped to her underwear before tying her up. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Acceleration': Film Review," 7 Nov. 2019 Though Catalonia retained its own institutions at first, it was eventually stripped of its independence and integrated more fully into the Spanish state. National Geographic, "Why Spain’s wealthiest region wants independence," 1 Nov. 2019 The sulfur gets stripped from the fuel in the form of hydrogen sulfide, which is subsequently converted to solid sulfur, or sulfuric acid. Anton Alexandrovich Toutov, The Conversation, "Sulfur pollution from coal and gas is insanely bad – but a new chemistry innovation could clean it up," 23 Oct. 2019 Unlike other social media platforms, TikTok is totally stripped of information like when a video was uploaded or the date a user opened their account. Wired, "On TikTok, There Is No Time," 3 Oct. 2019 Its normal base fares are stripped down, and any additional services will cost you. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Basic Economy: How Every Major U.S. Airline Compares," 24 Sep. 2019 They’re often designed without protrusions, bunk handles, or sprinkler heads and inmates are stripped of anything that could easily be used to cause harm, according to reporting by Slate. Riley Beggin, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t on suicide watch when he died. Officials want to know why.," 10 Aug. 2019 Dontell Hilliard’s fumble In his first game since the Browns traded Duke Johnson, Hilliard was stripped of the ball on the goal-line and the Redskins recovered. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Baker Mayfield makes quick work of Redskins and Mack Wilson grabs 2 picks in Browns 30-10 win in 1st preseason game," 8 Aug. 2019 Drifting too close to the supermassive black hole, the companion star was stripped away and captured, unleashing the other star to fly away with astonishing swiftness. Nola Taylor Redd, Scientific American, "Midsize Black Holes May Explain the Milky Way’s Speediest Stars," 7 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Aid officials warn that the 2 million Palestinians living in the narrow strip of land face imminent humanitarian collapse. NBC News, "Israel hit by 50 rockets from Gaza after airstrike kills Islamic Jihad leader," 12 Nov. 2019 Rents along the South Broadway strip are also on the rise, Lavine said, something that has contributed to a smattering of vacancies between the Quayle and Neon Local sites. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Denver’s South Broadway is going through big changes. Again.," 8 Nov. 2019 As the train approaches the stop, a man can be seen walking onto the yellow safety strip before falling onto the tracks. Ashley Boucher,, "Amazing Video Shows Moment Transit Worker Saves Man from Getting Hit by Speeding Train," 4 Nov. 2019 Several homes were destroyed, including along a popular strip lined with about 30 seaside cottages that officials now insist will be abandoned for good over the next year - the latest retreat, but certainly not the last. Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "The sea ice used to protect them. Now their island is crumbling into the sea.," 1 Nov. 2019 Then Russia and Turkey are to begin joint patrols along a narrower strip directly on the Turkish-Syrian border., "Syria says Turkish-led forces attacked its troops - The Boston Globe," 25 Oct. 2019 His vision, to train people for an industry that desperately needs qualified workers, is seen in the small benevolent culinary strip on the East Side. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Edwins bakery-diner coming soon to Buckeye neighborhood," 23 Oct. 2019 Altogether, the test strip can measure 15 health metrics to give customers a better idea of what’s happening in their bodies. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A self-made millionaire before he turned 30, Jon Carder is now building a wellness startup in La Jolla," 18 Oct. 2019 Catherine McConnell, the show’s assistant art director, would fill in the stark white strip with permanent marker. Cristina Rouvalis, Smithsonian, "The Behind-the-Scenes Quest to Find Mister Rogers’ Signature Cardigans," 7 Oct. 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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17 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for strip

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

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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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