from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove clothing or covering from.
  • transitive v. To deprive of (clothing or covering).
  • transitive v. To deprive of honors, rank, office, privileges, or possessions; divest.
  • transitive v. To remove all excess detail from; reduce to essentials.
  • transitive v. To remove equipment, furnishings, or supplementary parts or attachments from.
  • transitive v. To clear of a natural covering or growth; make bare: strip a field.
  • transitive v. To remove an exterior coating, as of paint or varnish, from: stripped and refinished the old chest of drawers.
  • transitive v. To remove the leaves from the stalks of. Used especially of tobacco.
  • transitive v. To dismantle (a firearm, for example) piece by piece.
  • transitive v. To damage or break the threads of (a screw, for example) or the teeth of (a gear).
  • transitive v. To press the last drops of milk from (a cow or goat, for example) at the end of milking.
  • transitive v. To rob of wealth or property; plunder or despoil.
  • transitive v. To mount (a photographic positive or negative) on paper to be used in making a printing plate.
  • intransitive v. To undress completely.
  • intransitive v. To perform a striptease.
  • intransitive v. To fall away or be removed; peel.
  • n. A striptease.
  • n. A long narrow piece, usually of uniform width: a strip of paper; strips of beef.
  • n. A long narrow region of land or body of water.
  • n. A comic strip.
  • n. An airstrip.
  • n. An area, as along a busy street or highway, that is lined with a great number and variety of commercial establishments.
  • transitive v. To cut or tear into strips.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Material in long, thin pieces.
  • n. A comic strip.
  • n. A landing strip.
  • n. A strip steak.
  • n. A street with multiple shopping or entertainment possibilities.
  • n. The fencing area, roughly 14 meters by 2 meters.
  • n. the uniform of a football team, or the same worn by supporters.
  • n. Striptease.
  • n. A trough for washing ore.
  • n. The issuing of a projectile from a rifled gun without acquiring the spiral motion.
  • v. To remove or take away.
  • v. To take off clothing.
  • v. To perform a striptease.
  • v. To completely take away, to plunder.
  • v. To take away something that was awarded
  • v. To remove the threads from a screw or the teeth from a gear.
  • v. To remove color from hair, cloth, etc. to prepare it to receive new color.
  • v. To remove all cards of a particular suit from another player. (See also, strip-squeeze.)
  • v. To empty (tubing) by applying pressure to the outside of (the tubing) and moving that pressure along (the tubing).
  • v. To milk a cow, especially by stroking and compressing the teats to draw out the last of the milk.
  • v. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A narrow piece, or one comparatively long
  • n. A trough for washing ore.
  • n. The issuing of a projectile from a rifled gun without acquiring the spiral motion.
  • intransitive v. To take off, or become divested of, clothes or covering; to undress.
  • intransitive v. To fail in the thread; to lose the thread, as a bolt, screw, or nut. See Strip, v. t., 8.
  • transitive v. To deprive; to bereave; to make destitute; to plunder; especially, to deprive of a covering; to skin; to peel
  • transitive v. To divest of clothing; to uncover.
  • transitive v. To dismantle
  • transitive v. To pare off the surface of, as land, in strips.
  • transitive v. To deprive of all milk; to milk dry; to draw the last milk from; hence, to milk with a peculiar movement of the hand on the teats at the last of a milking.
  • transitive v. To pass; to get clear of; to outstrip.
  • transitive v. To pull or tear off, as a covering; to remove; to wrest away
  • transitive v.
  • transitive v. To tear off (the thread) from a bolt or nut.
  • transitive v. To tear off the thread from (a bolt or nut).
  • transitive v. To remove the metal coating from (a plated article), as by acids or electrolytic action.
  • transitive v. To remove fiber, flock, or lint from; -- said of the teeth of a card when it becomes partly clogged.
  • transitive v. To pick the cured leaves from the stalks of (tobacco) and tie them into “hands”; to remove the midrib from (tobacco leaves).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rob; plunder; despoil; deprive; divest; bereave: with of before the thing taken away: as, to strip a man of his possessions; to strip a tree of its fruit.
  • To deprive of covering; remove the skin or outer covering of; skin; peel: with of before the thing removed: as, to strip a beast of its skin; to strip a tree of its bark.
  • To uncover; unsheathe.
  • To unrig: as, to strip a ship.
  • To tear off the thread of: said of a screw or bolt: as, the screw was stripped.
  • To pull or tear off, as a covering or some adhering substance: as, to strip the skin from a beast; to strip the bark from a tree; to strip the clothes from a man's back: sometimes emphasized with off.
  • To milk dry; press all the milk out of: as, to strip a cow.
  • In fish-culture, to press or squeeze the ripe roe or milt out of (fishes).
  • In agriculture, to pare off the surface of in strips, and turn over the strips upon the adjoining surface.
  • To separate; put away: with from.
  • In tobacco manufacturing, to separate (the wings of the tobacco-leaf) from the stems.
  • In carding, to clean (the teeth of the various cylinders and top flats) from short fibers.
  • In file-making, to cross-file and draw-file (a file-blank) in order to bring it to accurate form and to clean the surface preliminary to grinding and cutting.
  • In mining, to remove the overlying soil or detrital material from (any bed or mineral deposit which it is desired to open and work).
  • In gun-making, to turn (the exterior of a gun-barrel) in a lathe in such manner that its longitudinal axis shall coincide with the axis of the bore.
  • To run past or beyond; outrun; outstrip. See outstrip.
  • Synonyms To denude, lay bare.
  • To take off the covering or clothes; uncover; undress.
  • To lose the thread, as a screw, or have the screw stripped off, as a screw-bolt.
  • To issue from a rifled gun without assuming the spiral turn: said of a projectile.
  • To come off, as an outer covering (as bark); separate from an underlying surface.
  • To be stripped of milt or spawn. Compare I., 8.
  • To remove the mold from (an ingot) after casting the latter, in steel-making processes where fluid steel is cast in metallic molds with continuous walls.
  • n. A narrow piece, comparatively long: as, a strip of cloth; a strip of territory.
  • n. An ornamental appendage to women's dress, formerly worn: it is spoken of as worn on the neck and breast.
  • n. A stripling; a slip.
  • n. In joinery, a narrow piece of board nailed over a crack or joint between planks.
  • n. In mining, one of a series of troughs forming a labyrinth, or some similar arrangement, through which the ore flows as it comes from the stamps, and in which the particles are deposited in the order of their equivalence.
  • n. A rill.
  • n. Destruction of fences, buildings, timber, etc.; waste.
  • n. That which is stripped off; specifically, the short fibers of cotton or wool removed, manually or mechanically, from the carding-surfaces of a carding-machine; a kind of waste. Also called stripping.
  • n. One of the two sections of a tobacco-leaf left by the removal of the midrib: used mostly in the plural and opposed to leaf. See stemmed tobacco and quotation under shipper, 4.
  • n. plural A commercial name for crude rubber cut into long, narrow sheets, or lump-rubber that has been sliced by machinery. See rubber, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take away possessions from someone
  • n. an airfield without normal airport facilities
  • v. get undressed
  • n. a form of erotic entertainment in which a dancer gradually undresses to music
  • v. lay bare
  • v. draw the last milk (of cows)
  • v. remove the thread (of screws)
  • v. remove the surface from
  • n. a sequence of drawings telling a story in a newspaper or comic book
  • n. thin piece of wood or metal
  • n. a relatively long narrow piece of something
  • v. remove substances from by a percolating liquid
  • v. steal goods; take as spoils
  • n. artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
  • v. remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
  • v. remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely
  • v. strip the cured leaves from
  • v. remove a constituent from a liquid
  • v. take off or remove


Middle English stripen, from Old English -strȳpan, to plunder (in bestrȳpan).
Middle English, perhaps from Middle Low German strippe, strap, thong.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From alteration of stripe or from Middle Low German strippe (Wiktionary)
From Middle English strepen, strippen, from Old English strīepan ("plunder") (Wiktionary)



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