Meaning of STRIP in English


I. ˈstrip verb

( stripped also stript -pt ; stripped also stript ; stripping ; strips )

Etymology: Middle English stripen, strepen, strupen, strippen, from Old English -striepan, -strypan to plunder, rob; akin to Middle Dutch stropen to plunder, strip, Old High German stroufen

transitive verb


a. : to remove the clothing of : make naked : bare

strip the child completely for a doctor's examination — H.R.Litchfield & L.H.Dembo

b. : to divest (one) of outer garments

stripped him of his robe

stripped himself to the trunks

c. : to remove (as clothing) from a person : take off

it was a privilege to help the king strip off his shirt — Irish Digest


a. : to deprive (someone) of a uniform, the insignia of rank or office, or a decoration

stripped two generals of their stars

b. : to divest (one) of honors, privileges, or functions

stripped the sultan of both his legislative and executive powers — New Statesman & Nation

c. : to remove the externals or trappings of (something) : divest of adventitious or superficial matters

stripped his proposition to the bare bones — A.H.Vandenberg †1951

3. : to remove the accessory equipment of : dismantle

was sure the car would be either stripped or stolen — Kathryn Grondahl

4. : to deprive (one) of possessions : plunder , spoil


a. : to peel the rind, bark, or skin from

b. : to denude (a plant) of fruit or leaves

c. : to make bare or clear (as by cutting, grazing, or removing objects from) : empty off or out

the church … was sold to a housebreaker who stripped it of its valuables — S.P.B.Mais

d. : to pull, tear, or scrape off (as skin or other covering) : wrest away

stripped the feathers from fowl

stripped the bark from trees

stripped the film from a photographic plate

strip the paint from a surface

6. : to milk dry at the end of a milking by pressing the last available milk from the teats

strip a cow

7. : to remove (a ring or jewel) from finger or arm



(1) : to pick the cured leaves from the stalks of (tobacco)

(2) : to remove strings of leaves of (primed tobacco)

(3) : to remove tobacco strings from (laths)

(4) : to pick, sort, and tie (tobacco leaves) into hands

b. : to remove the midrib from (tobacco leaves)


a. : to tear or damage the screw thread of (a bolt or nut)

b. : to cause impairment or distortion of (a screw thread)

10. : to remove the overburden from (a mineral deposit) in mining

11. : to bare (an ingot of steel) by removing the mold


a. : to remove fiber and embedded waste from (the teeth of a card)

b. : to transfer (carded fiber stock) from the carding cylinder to another

13. : degum

14. : to separate (a plating or sheet of electrodeposited metal) from the base metal on which plated


a. : to remove the most volatile parts or lightest fractions of (as by distillation or by passage of steam or inert gas) : top

strip coke-oven gas of benzene

coke stripped by nitrogen purge gas — Industrial & Engineering Chemistry

b. : to separate (one or more components) from a mixture or solution

in a natural-gasoline plant, gasoline fractions are stripped from rich oil — Glossary of Terms Used in Petroleum Refining


a. : to remove (a dye or part of the color) from yarn or fabric by boiling or treating with a chemical — compare discharge 6a

b. : to remove dye or part of the color from (yarn or fabric) — compare discharge 6b

17. : to gather (as grass seed) with a mechanical beater or a hand comb that removes the seed heads for curing and subsequent threshing


a. : to lead from (a bridge hand) a series of winning cards that must be got rid of preparatory to executing an end play

b. : to remove (playing cards usually of low rank) from a pack in a game requiring a smaller pack

19. : to press eggs or milt out of (a fish)

20. : to separate (a weapon) into the component parts : disassemble

could strip and reassemble a machine gun in the dark

21. : to remove the rigging of (a ship) : unrig

22. : to draw all line from (a fishing reel) especially during the run of a fish

23. : to remove waste material from (a cut and creased board or sheet) before folding into a carton

24. : to mount (a photographic negative or positive) in position on copy to be used for making a printing plate especially by photoengraving — sometimes used with in

25. : to remove (forms) from concrete after the concrete has hardened

26. : to remove the old hair from (a dog) : pluck

27. : to shear off surface metal from (a bullet) under excessive bore velocities

found he was stripping bullets and fouling his gun barrel with overloads

intransitive verb

1. : to take off clothes : undress wholly or partly

ricksha men were enjoined not to strip to the loincloth when at work — D.C.Buchanan

we stripped in the dressing room — H.D.Schwartz

2. : to separate or come off (as skin, bark, or rind) : peel

3. : to strip tobacco

4. : to undergo stripping — used of a bullet

5. : to become damaged, distorted, or torn — used of a screw thread or a threaded part

6. : to perform a striptease


divest , denude , bare , dismantle : strip may imply a pulling or tearing off or a rapid or thorough depriving of a covering, investment, or furnishing

shot wayfarers from ambush, stripped the bodies to the skin — American Guide Series: Tennessee

a reading of the speech today, stripped of its emotional trappings — S.H.Adams

had to sell even the few books that Sylvia had left him when she had stripped his house — F.M.Ford

divest may indicate a taking off or away of vesture or of whatever is vested in one as a distinction or mark of special privilege or treatment

divesting capitalists of further increments of power — M.R.Cohen

the king is thus divested of his kingship and now becomes merely a corpse — J.G.Frazer

has begun to divest himself of his vast estates — William Clark

denude calls attention to the bareness or barrenness resulting from a stripping or divesting

stripped of its vines and denuded of its shrubbery, the house would probably have been ugly enough — Willa Cather

modern agriculture more and more denudes the land of the protective cover and food that wild creatures need — G.S.Perry

bare is a closer synonym to uncover or reveal than to strip; it seldom implies anything about the nature of the action but may implicate its purpose

bare one's head in respect

not afraid to strip themselves of a goodly portion of their clothes and bare their skin to the sun's rays — H.A.Overstreet

the letter bares the motives of her own conduct — H.O.Taylor

dismantle now usually indicates stripping a building, ship, or machine of furnishings and equipment

his ship being laid up for a month and dismantled for repairs — Joseph Conrad

this mine had been sunk to the tenth level, before the ore crusher, enginehouse, and headframe were dismantled — American Guide Series: Minnesota

II. noun

( -s )

1. : tobacco leaf from which the midrib has been removed

2. strips plural : milk strippings

3. : striptease

4. also strip play : the stripping of a bridge hand : elimination

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: alteration of Middle English stripe — more at stripe


a. : a narrow piece of about even width

a strip of cloth

a strip of paper

a strip of board

b. : a long narrow area of land or water

a strip of wood

2. obsolete : a decorative piece of cloth or lace for the neck and bosom


a. : a shallow cast ingot of brass for rolling into sheets

b. : a rolled piece of metal (as iron or steel) of the thickness of sheet metal but relatively long and narrow

4. : comic 3a


a. : lumber under eight inches wide and not more than one inch thick

b. : sticker II 2

6. Britain : a trough for transporting and settling particles of ore suspended in water at a mine

7. : the draft of a pattern

8. : three or more postage or other stamps or stickers attached in a row either horizontally or vertically — compare block 5g

9. : a narrow piece of wood or metal on which usually four to six electric-light bulbs are arranged in line and which is used in theatrical stage lighting

10. : the path or course on which a race is run

11. : the area usually of rubber, cork, or linoleum on which a fencing bout takes place

12. : airstrip

IV. transitive verb

( stripped ; stripped ; stripping ; strips )

1. : to affix a strip of paper or cloth to (the edge of a pad) or over (the fold of a lining, section, cover, or insert of a book) either inside or outside usually by machine

2. : to split (rolled material) down the roll lengthwise by hand

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Anglo-French estrepe, from Old French estreper to estrepe

: estrepement

VI. transitive verb

Etymology: Middle English strypen to move fast; probably akin to Middle Dutch stripe strip, stripe — more at stripe

archaic : outstrip



variant of stripe

VIII. transitive verb

: to take (the ball) away from another player

IX. noun

: a commercially developed area especially along a highway

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