strip

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[ strip ]
/ strɪp /

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verb (used with object), stripped or stript, strip·ping.

verb (used without object), stripped or stript, strip·ping.

noun

a striptease.

Nearby words

  1. stringpiece,
  2. strings,
  3. strings attached,
  4. stringy,
  5. stringy-bark,
  6. strip bond,
  7. strip cartoon,
  8. strip city,
  9. strip club,
  10. strip cropping

Origin of strip

1
1175–1225; (v.) Middle English strippe, Old English *stryppan (compare Middle High German strupfen to strip off); replacing Middle English stripen, strepen, strupen (compare Old English bestrȳpan to rob, plunder)

SYNONYMS FOR strip
1. uncover, peel, decorticate. 2. denude. 7. despoil. Strip, deprive, dispossess, divest imply more or less forcibly taking something away from someone. To strip is to take something completely (often violently) from a person or thing so as to leave in a destitute or powerless state: to strip a man of all his property; to strip the bark from a tree. To deprive is to take away forcibly or coercively what one has, or to withhold what one might have: to deprive workers of their livelihood. To dispossess is to deprive of the holding or use of something: to dispossess the renters of a house. Divest usually means depriving of rights, privileges, powers, or the like: to divest a king of authority.

strip

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[ strip ]
/ strɪp /

noun

verb (used with object), stripped, strip·ping.

Origin of strip

2
1425–75; late Middle English, cognate with or < Middle Low German strippe strap; see stripe1

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British Dictionary definitions for strip

strip

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/ (strɪp) /

verb strips, stripping or stripped

noun

the act or an instance of undressing or of performing a striptease
See also strip out

Word Origin for strip

Old English bestriepan to plunder; related to Old High German stroufen to plunder, strip

noun

verb strips, stripping or stripped

to cut or divide into strips

Word Origin for strip

C15: from Middle Dutch strīpe stripe 1

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Word Origin and History for strip
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Medicine definitions for strip

strip

[ strĭp ]

v.

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.

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