- to deprive of covering: to strip a fruit of its rind.
- to deprive of clothing; make bare or naked.
- to take away or remove: to strip sheets from the bed.
- to deprive or divest: to strip a tree of its bark; to strip him of all privileges.
- to clear out or empty: to strip a house of its contents.
- to deprive of equipment; dismantle: to strip a ship of rigging.
- to dispossess, rob, or plunder: to strip a man of his possessions.
- to remove varnish, paint, wax, or the like from: The wood should be stripped and then refinished.
- to separate the leaves from the stalks of (tobacco).
- to remove the midrib, as from tobacco leaves.
- Machinery. to break off the thread of (a screw, bolt, etc.) or the teeth of (a gear), as by applying too much force.
- to remove the mold from (an ingot).
- to draw the last milk from (a cow), especially by a stroking and compressing movement.
- to draw out (milk) in this manner.
- Photoengraving. to remove (the emulsion from a film base) in order to place it on a glass plate for exposure to the metal plate.
- to clean (a carding roller) by removing waste fibers.
- to transfer (fibers) from one carding roller to another.
- to remove (color) from a cloth or yarn in order to redye it another color.
- to remove color from (a cloth or yarn).
- Bridge. to lead successively winning cards from (a hand) in order to dispose of as many cards as necessary preparatory to surrendering the lead to an opponent so that any card the opponent plays will be to his or her disadvantage.
- Mining. to strip-mine.
- Chemistry. to remove the most volatile components from, as by distillation or evaporation.
- Finance. to split (a bond) for selling separately as a principal certificate and as interest coupons.
- Surgery. to remove (a vein) by pulling it inside out through a small incision, using a long, hooked instrument.
- to strip something.
- to remove one's clothes.
- to perform a striptease.
- to become stripped: Bananas strip easily.
- a striptease.
Origin of strip1
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- a narrow piece, comparatively long and usually of uniform width: a strip of cloth, metal, land, etc.
- a continuous series of drawings or pictures illustrating incidents, conversation, etc., as a comic strip.
- Philately. three or more stamps joined either in a horizontal or vertical row.
- Informal. striplight.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) a road, street, or avenue, usually in a city or a main thoroughfare between outlying suburbs, densely lined on both sides by a large variety of retail stores, gas stations, restaurants, bars, etc.: Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
- strip steak.
- drag strip.
- to cut, tear, or form into strips.
- Printing. to combine (a piece of film) with another, especially for making a combination plate of lines and halftones.
- to broadcast (a television series) in multiple related segments, as daily from Monday through Friday.
Origin of strip2
Examples from the Web for strip
They then would expect the Senate to strip that amendment and compromise simply on keeping government open for 60 days.Bachmann and Pelosi vs. Boehner and Obama Over Spending Bill
December 11, 2014
“You can cut my hair, you can bald me, you can strip me naked and take away my dignity,” she said.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality
December 11, 2014
Next door, a strip mall popped and hissed as unknown accelerants aided in its fiery destruction.Raging Protesters Set Ferguson on Fire
November 25, 2014
You mentioned Ecleftic, and the strip club anthem “Perfect Gentleman” is on there.Wyclef Jean Talks Lauryn Hill, the Yele Haiti Controversy, and Chris Christie
November 20, 2014
During what she describes as a “low point,” Banks worked at a strip club in Queens to make ends meet.Azealia Banks Opens Up About Her Journey from Stripping to Rap Stardom
November 17, 2014
Wrap in a strip of gauze or cheesecloth and place in a steamer.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Take the flowers or blossoms of the elder tree, and strip them from the stalks.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
"You shall not be at any disadvantage," he said, and began to strip with all possible speed.Casanova's Homecoming
If ever an understanding should be arrived at, it must be based on the gift of a strip of territory.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Those you cannot strip off easily with your hands are too tough for your purpose.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- to take or pull (the covering, clothes, etc) off (oneself, another person, or thing)to strip a wall; to strip a bed
- to remove all one's clothes
- to perform a striptease
- (tr) to denude or empty completely
- (tr) to deprivehe was stripped of his pride
- (tr) to rob or plunder
- (tr) to remove (paint, varnish, etc) from (a surface, furniture, etc) by sanding, with a solvent, etcstripped pine
- Also: pluck (tr) to pull out the old coat of hair from (dogs of certain long- and wire-haired breeds)
- to remove the leaves from the stalks of (tobacco, etc)
- to separate the two sides of a leaf from the stem of (tobacco, etc)
- (tr) agriculture to draw the last milk from each of the teats of (a cow)
- to dismantle (an engine, mechanism, etc)
- to tear off or break (the thread) from (a screw, bolt, etc) or (the teeth) from (a gear)
- (often foll by down) to remove the accessories from (a motor vehicle)his car was stripped down
- to remove (the most volatile constituent) from (a mixture of liquids) by boiling, evaporation, or distillation
- printing (usually foll by in) to combine (pieces of film or paper) to form a composite sheet from which a plate can be made
- (tr) (in freight transport) to unpack (a container)See also stuffing and stripping
- the act or an instance of undressing or of performing a striptease
- a relatively long, flat, narrow piece of something
- short for airstrip
- philately a horizontal or vertical row of three or more unseparated postage stamps
- the clothes worn by the members of a team, esp a football team
- commerce a triple option on a security or commodity consisting of one call option and two put options at the same price and for the same periodCompare strap (def. 5)
- NZ short for dosing strip
- tear someone off a strip informal to rebuke (someone) angrily
- to cut or divide into strips
Word Origin and History for strip
"make bare," Old English -striepan, -strypan "plunder, despoil," as in West Saxon bestrypan "to plunder," from Proto-Germanic *straupijanan (cf. Middle Dutch stropen "to strip off, to ramble about plundering," Old High German stroufen "to strip off, plunder," German streifen "strip off, touch upon, to ramble, roam, rove"). Meaning "to unclothe" is recorded from early 13c. Of screw threads, from 1839; of gear wheels, from 1873. Related: Stripped; stripping. Strip poker is attested from 1916, in a joke in "The Technology Monthly and Harvard Engineering Journal":
"Say, Bill how, did the game come out?"
"It ended in a tie."
"Oh, were you playing strip poker?"
strip search is from 1947, in reference to World War II prison camps.
"long, narrow, flat piece," mid-15c., "narrow piece of cloth," probably from Middle Low German strippe "strap, thong," related to stripe (see stripe (n.1)). Sense extension to wood, land, etc. first recorded 1630s.
Sense in comic strip is from 1920. Meaning "street noted for clubs, bars, etc." is attested from 1939, originally in reference to Los Angeles' Sunset Strip. Strip mine (n.) attested by 1892, as a verb by 1916; so called because the surface material is removed in successive parallel strips.
- To press out or drain off by milking.
- To make a subcutaneous excision of a vein in its longitudinal axis, usually of a leg vein.