to deprive of covering: Strip the peel off that orange.
to deprive of clothing; make bare or naked: They stripped him and gave him new clothes befitting his station.
to take away or remove: I need to strip the sheets from the bed and wash them.
to deprive or divest: The lightning stripped the tree of its bark.The organization will strip him of all privileges.
to clear out or empty: Thieves may strip a house of all its contents.
to deprive of equipment; dismantle: If we strip the ship of rigging, we can repair it.
to dispossess, rob, or plunder: The highwaymen stripped the 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 their 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: They do not contain harsh detergents, such as sulfates, that can irritate, strip or dehydrate.When dealing with furniture stain, I always strip as gently as possible.
to remove one's clothes.
to perform a striptease.
to become stripped: Bananas strip easily.
Other definitions for strip (2 of 2)
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.
(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.
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.
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How to use strip in a sentence
Once the spices have toasted over the fire for a few minutes, just add the pear nectar, port and strips of orange peel.This cocktail can keep you warm around the fire pit — and you can make it there, too | M. Carrie Allan | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
A few blocks away sits a strip mall with a Guatemalan restaurant, stores that offer currency exchange and parcel delivery services, and a temporary staffing agency.Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories | by Melissa Sanchez | November 19, 2020 | ProPublica
Their work required knowing how to turn a strip of land into an airfield and stop a plane without brakes.Behind a national memorial for Native American veterans, stories of slow loss, swift change and boots two sizes too big | Theresa Vargas | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Meanwhile, its strip center neighbors TJX’s HomeGoods chain and his alma mater, Target, have won a ton of market share.How Bed Bath & Beyond’s CEO tamed its trademark coupons—and turned the retailer around | Phil Wahba | November 10, 2020 | Fortune
Each injection contains lipid nanoparticles — fat bubbles — that surround a strip of genetic material called messenger RNA.Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in first analysis, company reports | Carolyn Y. Johnson | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
As the region is flooded with goods, Garry and his team are stripping the virus testing process bare.This New Ebola Test Is As Easy As a Pregnancy Test, So Why Aren’t We Using It? | Abby Haglage | October 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I used to take the Glock home every night and practice stripping it and putting it back together.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho | Tim Teeman | September 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The men and women were stripping down for Andy Golub, who has made it his mission to promote body painting.
Last night at Fashion Rocks, Justin Bieber, confronted by a booing crowd, tried to win them over by stripping off.
His world of stripping is much more fantasy-driven, and much more in the vein of SuicideGirls or Dita Von Teese.Jessica Alba on 'Sin City,' Typecasting, and How Homophobia Pushed Her Away From the Church | Marlow Stern | August 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She stripped off her mackintosh, as though she were stripping off her modesty, and stood before him revealed.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
"I call you," the policeman said, and stripping the saddle and bridle from his sweaty horse, turned him loose to graze.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Another building of late has been built by the growers in the Connecticut valley, called a stripping house.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
It is necessary to pack the "hands" after stripping in order to keep it moist, or in nearly the same condition as when stripped.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Then, seeing no need to waste time, the corporal rode towards Courthorne's homestead, and found its owner stripping a binder.Winston of the Prairie | Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for strip (1 of 2)
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 deprive: he 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, etc: stripped 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
- See also strip out
British Dictionary definitions for strip (2 of 2)
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 period: Compare strap (def. 5)
NZ short for dosing strip
tear someone off a strip informal to rebuke (someone) angrily
to cut or divide into strips
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