from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A narrow piece, comparatively long: as, a strip of cloth; a strip of territory.
  • noun An ornamental appendage to women's dress, formerly worn: it is spoken of as worn on the neck and breast.
  • noun A stripling; a slip.
  • noun In joinery, a narrow piece of board nailed over a crack or joint between planks.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A rill.
  • noun Destruction of fences, buildings, timber, etc.; waste.
  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • 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.


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

[Middle English, perhaps from Middle Low German strippe, strap, thong.]

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

[Middle English stripen, from Old English -strȳpan, to plunder (in bestrȳpan).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From alteration of stripe or from Middle Low German strippe

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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