strip

The verb strip has many shades of meaning, but most of them involve removing something. Someone may strip you of your power or you may strip off your clothes. Whatever it is that you strip, it’s gone.

When you strip something, you leave it bare. Strip can refer to removing a covering — like your clothes or like when you strip your sheets from your bed. Robbers may strip your car of all valuable items. And you might need to strip off a coat of paint before you start painting the front door. When used as a noun, strip could be something in a long, narrow shape — like an airstrip or a strip of material.

Primary Meanings of strip

1.
vn
take off or remove
a form of erotic entertainment in which a dancer gradually undresses to music
2.
v
remove all contents or possessions from, or empty completely
3.
v
remove a constituent from a liquid
4.
n
a relatively long narrow piece of something
5.
n
an airfield without normal airport facilities
6.
n
a sequence of drawings telling a story in a newspaper or comic book
Full Definitions of strip
1

v take off or remove

strip a wall of its wallpaper”
Synonyms:
dismantle
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v get undressed

“She strips in front of strangers every night for a living”
Synonyms:
discase, disrobe, peel, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress
disinvest, divest, undress
remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
Antonyms:
dress, get dressed
put on clothes
apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
provide with clothes or put clothes on
dress, plume, preen, primp
dress or groom with elaborate care
dress, dress up
dress in a certain manner
dress, get dressed
put on clothes
apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
provide with clothes or put clothes on
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take off
remove clothes
peel off
take off, as with some difficulty
slip off
take off with ease or speed
uncloak
remove a cloak from
doff
remove
Type of:
take off
take away or remove

v remove (someone's or one's own) clothes

Synonyms:
disinvest, divest, undress
discase, disrobe, peel, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress
get undressed
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v lay bare

Synonyms:
bare, denudate, denude
Types:
defoliate
strip the leaves or branches from
burn off
clear land of its vegetation by burning it off
Type of:
clear
remove

v remove the surface from

strip wood”
Types:
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pare, peel, skin
strip the skin off
bark, skin
remove the bark of a tree
decorticate
remove the outer layer of
deplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, pull, tear
strip of feathers
peel off
peel off the outer layer of something
flay
strip the skin off
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v strip the cured leaves from

strip tobacco”
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v remove the thread (of screws)

Type of:
smooth, smoothen
make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing

n a form of erotic entertainment in which a dancer gradually undresses to music

“she did a strip right in front of everyone”
Synonyms:
strip show, striptease
Type of:
nude dancing
erotic dancing with little or no clothing
2

v remove all contents or possessions from, or empty completely

Synonyms:
clean
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v take away possessions from someone

“The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets”
Synonyms:
deprive, divest
Types:
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disarm, unarm
take away the weapons from; render harmless
expropriate
deprive of possessions
clean
deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
dispossess
deprive of the possession of real estate
clean out
deprive completely of money or goods
unclothe
strip
orphan
deprive of parents
bereave
deprive through death
demilitarise, demilitarize
do away with the military organization and potential of
Type of:
take
take into one's possession

v steal goods; take as spoils

Synonyms:
despoil, foray, loot, pillage, plunder, ransack, reave, rifle
Types:
deplume, displume
strip of honors, possessions, or attributes
Type of:
take
take by force
3

v remove a constituent from a liquid

Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v remove substances from by a percolating liquid

Synonyms:
leach
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v draw the last milk (of cows)

Type of:
milk
take milk from female mammals
4

n a relatively long narrow piece of something

“he felt a flat strip of muscle”
Types:
row
a long continuous strip (usually running horizontally)
Type of:
part, piece
a portion of a natural object

n artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

Synonyms:
slip
Types:
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band
a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
band, ring
a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)
band
a thin flat strip or loop of flexible material that goes around or over something else, typically to hold it together or as a decoration
cramp, cramp iron
a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together
reef
one of several strips across a sail that can be taken in or rolled up to lessen the area of the sail that is exposed to the wind
lead, leading
thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
mullion
a nonstructural vertical strip between the casements or panes of a window (or the panels of a screen)
ribbon, typewriter ribbon
a long strip of inked material for making characters on paper with a typewriter
screed
an accurately levelled strip of material placed on a wall or floor as guide for the even application of plaster or concrete
stay
a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)
tab
a short strip of material attached to or projecting from something in order to facilitate opening or identifying or handling it
tape
a long thin piece of cloth or paper as used for binding or fastening
weather strip, weather stripping, weatherstrip, weatherstripping
a narrow strip of material to cover the joint of a door or window to exclude the cold
adhesive tape
tape coated with adhesive
armband
a band worn around the upper arm
arm band, armlet
a band worn around the arm for decoration
backband
a broad band that passes over the back of a horse and supports the shafts of a vehicle
bellyband
a cloth band that is worn around the waist (as on infants until the navel has healed)
collar, neckband
a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over
collar
a band of leather or rope that is placed around an animal's neck as a harness or to identify it
garter, supporter
a band (usually elastic) worn around the leg to hold up a stocking (or around the arm to hold up a sleeve)
cincture, girdle, sash, waistband, waistcloth
a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
headband
a band worn around or over the head
headpiece, headstall
the band that is the part of a bridle that fits around a horse's head
hoop, ring
a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
inkle
a linen tape used for trimming as a decoration
elastic, elastic band, rubber band
a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
shoulder strap, strap
a band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag
sweatband
a band of fabric or leather sewn inside the crown of a hat
sweatband
a band of material tied around the forehead or wrist to absorb sweat
bracelet, watch bracelet, watchband, watchstrap, wristband
a band of cloth or leather or metal links attached to a wristwatch and wrapped around the wrist
webbing
a narrow closely woven tape; used in upholstery or for seat belts
mourning band, weed
a black band worn by a man (on the arm or hat) as a sign of mourning
wristband
band consisting of a part of a sleeve that covers the wrist
wrist band, wristlet
a band or bracelet worn around the wrist
Type of:
artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole

n thin piece of wood or metal

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batten
a strip fixed to something to hold it firm
cleat
a strip of wood or metal used to strengthen the surface to which it is attached
fingerboard
a narrow strip of wood on the neck of some stringed instruments (violin or cello or guitar etc) where the strings are held against the wood with the fingers
furring, furring strip
strip used to give a level surface for attaching wallboard
jackstraw, spillikin
a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws
pale, picket
a wooden strip forming part of a fence
slat, spline
a thin strip (wood or metal)
spline
a flexible strip (wood or rubber) used in drawing curved lines
toothpick
pick consisting of a small strip of wood or plastic; used to pick food from between the teeth
lath
a narrow thin strip of wood used as backing for plaster or to make latticework
fin, louver, louvre
one of a set of parallel slats in a door or window to admit air and reject rain
splat
a slat of wood in the middle of the back of a straight chair
lag, stave
one of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket
Type of:
lumber, timber
the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material
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n an airfield without normal airport facilities

Synonyms:
airstrip, flight strip, landing strip
Types:
flare path
an airstrip outline with lights to guide an airplane pilot in landing
Type of:
airfield, field, flying field, landing field
a place where planes take off and land
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n a sequence of drawings telling a story in a newspaper or comic book

Synonyms:
cartoon strip, comic strip, funnies
Type of:
cartoon, sketch
a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine

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