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This page has 39 definitions of strip with English translations in 4 languages. Strip is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use strip in a sentence are shown. Also define these 58 related words and terms: land, comic strip, landing strip, strip steak, fencing, soccer, uniform, supporter, mining, trough, wash, ore, projectile, rifled, gun, spiral, television, remove, striptease, take away, cargo, container, screw, nut, gear, bridge, empty, tubing, pressure, milk, cow, stroke, compress, teat, draw, last, ripe, roe, milt, fish, artificial, fecundation, run, series, daily, agriculture, outstrip, card, hand, midrib, game, comic, first person, singular, present tense, indicative mood, strippen, and imperative mood.

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English strip definition


Etymology 1

From alteration of stripe or from Middle Low German strippe


strip (chiefly countable, plural strips)

  1. (countable) A long, thin piece of land; any long, thin area.
    The countries were in dispute over the ownership of a strip of desert about 100 metres wide.
  2. (usually countable, sometimes uncountable) A long, thin piece of any material; any such material collectively.
    Papier mache is made from strips of paper.
    Squeeze a strip of glue along the edge and then press down firmly.
    I have some strip left over after fitting out the kitchen.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      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.
    • 2012 May 8, Yotam Ottolenghi; Sami Tamimi, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook[1], Random House, →ISBN, page 79:
      First, marinate the tofu. In a bowl, whisk the kecap manis, chilli sauce, and sesame oil together. Cut the tofu into strips about 1cm thick, mix gently (so it doesn't break) with the marinade and leave in the fridge for half an hour.
  3. A comic strip.
  4. A landing strip.
  5. A strip steak.
    • Strip Steak definition
      Steak from upper part of the short loin.
  6. (US) A street with multiple shopping or entertainment possibilities.
  7. (sport of fencing) The playing area, roughly 14 meters by 2 meters.
  8. (Britain, soccer) The uniform of a football team, or the same worn by supporters.
  9. (mining) A trough for washing ore.
    • Mining definition
      The activity of removing solid valuables from the earth. (1 of 4 mining definitions)
    • Ore definition
      Rock or other material that contains valuable or utilitarian materials; primarily a rock containing metals or gems for which it is typically mined and processed.
  10. The issuing of a projectile from a rifled gun without acquiring the spiral motion.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Farrow to this entry?)
    • Projectile definition
      an object intended to be or having been fired from a weapon. (1 of 2 projectile definitions)
    • Rifled definition
      Having a spiral on the interior of a gun bore to make a fired bullet spin in flight to improve range and accuracy.
    • Spiral definition
      A curve that is the locus of a point that rotates about a fixed point while continuously increasing its distance from that point. (1 of 3 spiral definitions)
  11. (television) A television series aired at the same time daily (or at least on Mondays to Fridays), so that it appears as a strip straight across the weekly schedule.
    • Television definition
      An electronic communication medium that allows the transmission of real-time visual images, and often sound. (1 of 4 television definitions)
  • (long, thin piece of bacon): rasher
Derived terms
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Etymology 2

From Middle English strepen, strippen, from Old English strīepan (plunder). Probably related to German Strafe (deprivation, fine, punishment)


strip (third-person singular simple present strips, present participle stripping, simple past and past participle stripped)

  1. (transitive) To remove or take away, often in strips or stripes.
    Norm will strip the old varnish before painting the chair.
  2. (usually intransitive) To take off clothing.
    Seeing that no one else was about, he stripped and dived into the river.
    • 2012 August 21, Pilkington, Ed, “Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die?”, in The Guardian[2]:
      The prosecution case was that the men forced the sisters to strip, threw their clothes over the bridge, then raped them and participated in forcing them to jump into the river to their deaths. As he walked off the bridge, Clemons was alleged to have said: "We threw them off. Let's go."
  3. (intransitive) To perform a striptease.
    In the seedy club, a group of drunken men were watching a woman stripping.
    • Striptease definition
      The act of slowly taking off one's clothes to sexually arouse the viewer, often accompanied by music and in exchange for money.
  4. (transitive) To take away something from (someone or something); to plunder; to divest.
    The athlete was stripped of his medal after failing a drugs test.
    They had stripped the forest bare, with not a tree left standing.
    • They stript Joseph out of his coat.
    • 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 1, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323:
      opinions which [] no clergyman could have avowed without imminent risk of being stripped of his gown
    • 1856, Eleanor Marx-Aveling (translator), Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III Chapter XI
      He 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”, in the Guardian[3]:
      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)[4]
      After 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 cargo from (a container).
  6. (transitive) To remove (the thread or teeth) from a screw, nut, or gear, especially inadvertently by overtightening.
    Don't tighten that bolt any more or you'll strip the thread.
    The screw is stripped.
    • Screw definition
      A device that has a helical function.
      1. A simple machine, a helical inclined plane.
      2. A (usually) metal fastener consisting of a partially or completely threaded shank, sometimes with a threaded point, and a head used to both hold the top material and to drive the screw either directly into a soft material or into a prepared hole.
      3. A ship's propeller.
      4. An Archimedes screw.
      5. A steam vessel propelled by a screw instead of wheels.
      (1 of 19 screw definitions)
  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. To press out the ripe roe or milt from fishes, for artificial fecundation.
  13. (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.
    • Run definition
      To move swiftly.
      1. To move forward quickly upon two feet by alternately making a short jump off either foot. (1 of 59 run definitions)
  14. (transitive, agriculture) To pare off the surface of (land) in strips.
  15. (transitive) To remove the overlying earth from (a deposit).
  16. (transitive, obsolete) To pass; to get clear of; to outstrip.
  17. To remove the metal coating from (a plated article), as by acids or electrolytic action.
  18. To remove fibre, flock, or lint from; said of the teeth of a card when it becomes partly clogged.
  19. To pick the cured leaves from the stalks of (tobacco) and tie them into "hands".
  20. To remove the midrib from (tobacco leaves).
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strip (plural strips)

  1. The act of removing one's clothes; a striptease.
    She stood up on the table and did a strip.
  2. (attributively, of games) Denotes a version of a game in which losing players must progressively remove their clothes.
    strip poker; strip Scrabble
Derived terms
  • OED 2nd edition 1989
  • Funk&Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary

Further reading


Dutch strip definition


From English strip.



strip m (plural strips, diminutive stripje n)

  1. strip (long thin piece)
  2. comic (a cartoon story)


  • (strip): strook
  • (comic): beeldverhaal

Derived terms



  1. first-person singular present indicative of strippen
    • Present Tense definition
      A grammatical tense whose principal function is to locate a situation or event in the present time.
    • Strippen definition
      to practice striptease, to remove one's clothes ostentatiously
  2. imperative of strippen

Portuguese strip definition


strip m (plural strips)

  1. Abbreviation of striptease.

Serbo-Croatian strip definition


From English strip.



strȉp m (Cyrillic spelling стри̏п)

  1. comic (a cartoon story)