Meaning of STRIP in English


I. strip 1 /strɪp/ BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle stripped , present participle stripping )

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: -strypan ]


a) [intransitive and transitive] ( also strip off ) to take off your clothes or take off someone else’s clothes ⇨ undress :

Jack stripped and jumped into the shower.

The prisoner was stripped and beaten.

strip off something

He stripped off his sweater and threw it onto the couch.

Eric stood in the hot sun, stripped to the waist (=not wearing any clothes on the top half of his body) .

Terry stripped down to her bra and pants (=removed all her clothes except her bra and pants) and tried on the dress.

The boys stripped naked and jumped in the pond.

b) [intransitive] to take off your clothes in a sexually exciting way as entertainment for someone else

2 . REMOVE [transitive] to remove something that is covering the surface of something else:

Strip the beds and wash the sheets.

strip something off/from something

We need to strip the wallpaper off the walls first.

strip something of something

tall windows stripped of curtains

3 . ENGINES/EQUIPMENT [transitive] ( also strip down ) to separate an engine or piece of equipment into pieces in order to clean or repair it SYN dismantle

4 . BUILDING/SHIP ETC [transitive] to remove everything that is inside a building, all the equipment from a car etc so that it is completely empty:

The apartment had been stripped bare.

5 . DAMAGE [transitive] to damage or break the ↑ gear s of something or the ↑ thread (=raised line) on a screw so that it does not work correctly any more

⇨ ↑ asset stripping

strip something ↔ away phrasal verb

to remove something, especially something that hides or protects someone or something:

His book aims to strip away the lies and show the world as it really is.

strip somebody of something phrasal verb

to take away something important from someone as a punishment, for example their title, property, or power:

Captain Evans was found guilty and stripped of his rank.

II. strip 2 W3 BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Origin: Perhaps from Middle Low German strippe 'strap' ]

1 . a long narrow piece of paper, cloth etc:

a strip of paper

2 . a long narrow area of land:

A strip of sand between the cliffs and the sea.

3 . do a strip to take your clothes off, especially in a sexually exciting way as a form of entertainment

4 . American English a road with a lot of shops, restaurants etc along it:

the Las Vegas strip

5 . [usually singular] British English the clothes worn by a sports team:

Liverpool’s famous red strip

6 . a ↑ strip cartoon

⇨ ↑ comic strip , ↑ landing strip , ⇨ tear somebody off a strip at ↑ tear 2 (8)

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▪ piece an amount of something that has been cut or separated from the main part:

Could I have another piece of cake?


a piece of broken glass


Emma cut the pie into eight pieces.

▪ bit a piece. Bit is more informal than piece and is often used about smaller pieces:

The notes were written on bits of paper.


He threw a bit of wood onto the fire.

▪ lump a small piece of something solid or firm that does not have a regular shape:

two lumps of sugar


a lump of coal


a lump of clay

▪ scrap a small piece of paper, cloth etc that is no longer needed:

I wrote the phone number on a scrap of paper.


The dog was eating scraps of food off the floor.

▪ strip a long narrow piece of cloth, paper etc:

a strip of cloth


The leather had been cut into strips.

▪ sheet a thin flat piece of something such as paper, glass, or metal:

a blank sheet of paper


a sheet of aluminium

▪ slice a thin flat piece of bread, cake, meat etc cut from a larger piece:

a slice of pizza


Cut the tomatoes into thin slices.

▪ chunk a piece of something solid that does not have a regular shape – used especially about food, rock, or metal:

The fruit was cut into large chunks.


a chunk of bread

▪ hunk a large piece with rough edges, which has been cut or has broken off a bigger piece of food, rock etc:

a big hunk of cheese


hunks of concrete

▪ block a piece of something solid, which has straight sides:

concrete blocks


a block of cheese


a block of ice

▪ slab a thick flat piece of stone, or of cake, meat etc:

The floor had been made from stone slabs.


a slab of beef

▪ cube a piece that has six square sides – used especially about food:

a cube of sugar


ice cubes

▪ wedge a piece that has a thick end and a pointed end, and is shaped like a ↑ triangle – used especially about food and metal:

a wedge of cheese

▪ bar a block of soap, chocolate, candy, or metal, which has straight sides:

a chocolate bar


a bar of soap


gold bars worth more than £26 million

▪ rasher British English a slice of bacon:

I usually have two rashers of bacon for breakfast.

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