[strip] vb stripped also stript ; strip.ping [ME strippen, fr. OE -striepan; akin to OHG stroufen to strip] vt (13c) 1 a: to remove clothing, covering, or surface matter from b: to deprive of possessions c: to divest of honors, privileges, or functions
2. a: to remove extraneous or superficial matter from "a prose style stripped to the bones" b: to remove furniture, equipment, or accessories from "~ 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 "~ a cow"
5. a: 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) ~ vi 1 a: to take off clothes b: to perform a striptease
2: peel 1 -- strip.pa.ble adj
strip n [ME, perh. fr. MLG strippe strap] (15c) 1 a: a long narrow piece of a material b: a long narrow area of land or water
3: a commercially developed area esp. along a highway
4: comic strip