• Strip


    • enPR: strÄ­p, IPA: /strɪp/
    • Rhymes: -ɪp

    Origin 1

    From alteration of stripe or from Middle Low German strippe

    Full definition of strip



    (countable and uncountable; plural strips)
    1. (countable, uncountable) Material in long, thin pieces.
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, The Mirror and the Lamp Chapter 19, At the far end of the houses the head gardener stood waiting for his mistress, and he gave her strips of bass to tie up her nosegay. This she did slowly and laboriously, with knuckly old fingers that shook.
    2. You use strips of paper in papier mache.   He welded together some pieces of strip.
    3. A comic strip.
    4. A landing strip.
    5. A strip steak.
    6. A street with multiple shopping or entertainment possibilities.
    7. (fencing) The fencing area, roughly 14 meters by 2 meters.
    8. (UK football) the uniform of a football team, or the same worn by supporters.
    9. Striptease.
    10. (mining) A trough for washing ore.
    11. The issuing of a projectile from a rifled gun without acquiring the spiral motion.

    Origin 2

    From Middle English strepen, strippen, from Old English strīepan ("plunder")


    1. (transitive) To remove or take away.Norm will strip the old varnish before painting the chair.
    2. (usually intransitive) To take off clothing.
    3. (intransitive) To perform a striptease.
    4. (transitive) To take away something from (someone or something); to plunder; to divest.
      • Bible, Genesis xxxvii. 23They stripped Joseph out of his coat.
      • Macaulayopinions which ... no clergyman could have avowed without imminent risk of being stripped of his gown
      • The robbers stripped Norm of everything he owned.
      • 1856: Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III Chapter XI, translated by Eleanor Marx-AvelingHe was obliged to sell his silver piece by piece; next he sold the drawing-room furniture. All the rooms were stripped; but the bedroom, her own room, remained as before.
      • 2012, April 23, Angelique Chrisafis, François Hollande on top but far right scores record result in French election, The lawyer and twice-divorced mother of three had presented herself as the modern face of her party, trying to strip it of unsavoury overtones after her father's convictions for saying the Nazi occupation of France was not "particularly inhumane".#* 2013, Paul Harris, Lance Armstrong faces multi-million dollar legal challenges after confession (in The Guardian, 19 January 2013)http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jan/19/lance-armstrong-legal-challenges-confessionAfter the confession, the lawsuits. Lance Armstrong's extended appearance on the Oprah Winfrey network, in which the man stripped of seven Tour de France wins finally admitted to doping, has opened him up to several multi-million dollar legal challenges.
    5. (transitive) To remove (the thread or teeth) from a screw, nut, or gear.The thread is stripped.
    6. (transitive) To remove the thread or teeth from (a screw, nut, or gear).The screw is stripped.
    7. (intransitive) To fail in the thread; to lose the thread, as a bolt, screw, or nut.
    8. (transitive) To remove color from hair, cloth, etc. to prepare it to receive new color.
    9. (transitive, bridge) To remove all cards of a particular suit from another player. (See also, strip-squeeze.)
    10. (transitive) To empty (tubing) by applying pressure to the outside of (the tubing) and moving that pressure along (the tubing).
    11. (transitive) To milk a cow, especially by stroking and compressing the teats to draw out the last of the milk.
    12. (television, transitive) To run a television series at the same time daily (or at least on Mondays to Fridays), so that it appears as a strip straight across the weekly schedule.
    13. (transitive, agriculture) To pare off the surface of (land) in strips.
    14. (transitive, obsolete) To pass; to get clear of; to outstrip.
      • Chapmanwhen first they stripped the Malean promontory
      • Beaumont and FletcherBefore he reached it he was out of breath,
        And then the other stripped him.
    15. To remove the metal coating from (a plated article), as by acids or electrolytic action.
    16. To remove fibre, flock, or lint from; said of the teeth of a card when it becomes partly clogged.
    17. To pick the cured leaves from the stalks of (tobacco) and tie them into "hands"; to remove the midrib from (tobacco leaves).

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