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.

Definitions of strip
  1. verb
    take off or remove
    strip a wall of its wallpaper”
    synonyms: dismantle
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  2. verb
    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
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    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
  3. verb
    remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
    synonyms: disinvest, divest, undress
    discase, disrobe, peel, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress
    get undressed
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  4. verb
    lay bare
    synonyms: bare, denudate, denude
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    defoliate
    strip the leaves or branches from
    burn off
    clear land of its vegetation by burning it off
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    clear
    remove
  5. verb
    remove the surface from
    strip wood”
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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
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  6. verb
    strip the cured leaves from
    strip tobacco”
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  7. verb
    remove the thread (of screws)
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    smooth, smoothen
    make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing
  8. noun
    a form of erotic entertainment in which a dancer gradually undresses to music
    synonyms: strip show, striptease
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    nude dancing
    erotic dancing with little or no clothing
  9. verb
    remove all contents or possessions from, or empty completely
    synonyms: clean
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  10. verb
    take away possessions from someone
    “The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets”
    synonyms: deprive, divest
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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
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    take
    take into one's possession
  11. verb
    steal goods; take as spoils
    synonyms: despoil, foray, loot, pillage, plunder, ransack, reave, rifle
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    deplume, displume
    strip of honors, possessions, or attributes
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    take
    take by force
  12. verb
    remove a constituent from a liquid
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  13. verb
    remove substances from by a percolating liquid
    synonyms: leach
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  14. verb
    draw the last milk (of cows)
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    milk
    take milk from female mammals
  15. noun
    a relatively long narrow piece of something
    “he felt a flat strip of muscle”
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    row
    a long continuous strip (usually running horizontally)
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    part, piece
    a portion of a natural object
  16. noun
    artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
    synonyms: slip
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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
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    artefact, artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
  17. noun
    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
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    lumber, timber
    the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material
  18. noun
    an airfield without normal airport facilities
    synonyms: airstrip, flight strip, landing strip
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    flare path
    an airstrip outline with lights to guide an airplane pilot in landing
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    airfield, field, flying field, landing field
    a place where planes take off and land
  19. noun
    a sequence of drawings telling a story in a newspaper or comic book
    synonyms: cartoon strip, comic strip, funnies
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    cartoon, sketch
    a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine
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