strip ( strips plural & 3rd person present) ( stripping present participle) ( stripped past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A stripof something such as paper, cloth, or food is a long, narrow piece of it.
usu N of n
...a new kind of manufactured wood made by pressing strips of wood together and baking them..., Serve dish with strips of fresh raw vegetables.
2 n-count A stripof land or water is a long narrow area of it.
usu N of n
The coastal cities of Liguria sit on narrow strips of land lying under steep mountains., ...a short boat ride across a narrow strip of water.
3 n-count A strip is a long street in a city or town, where there are a lot of stores, restaurants, and hotels.
...Goff's Charcoal Hamburgers on Lover's Lane, a busy commercial strip in North Dallas.
4 verb If you strip, you take off your clothes.
They stripped completely, and lay in the damp grass... V
Women residents stripped naked in protest. V adj
Strip off means the same as strip., phrasal verb
The children were brazenly stripping off and leaping into the sea. V P
5 verb If someone is stripped, their clothes are taken off by another person, for example in order to search for hidden or illegal things.
One prisoner claimed he'd been dragged to a cell, stripped and beaten. be V-ed
6 verb To strip something means to remove everything that covers it.
After Mike left for work I stripped the beds and vacuumed the carpets... V n
The floorboards in both this room and the dining room have been stripped, sanded and sealed. V n
7 verb If you strip an engine or a piece of equipment, you take it to pieces so that it can be cleaned or repaired.
Volvo's three-man team stripped the car and restored it. V n
Strip down means the same as strip., phrasal verb
In five years I had to strip the water pump down four times... V n P
I stripped down the two SU carburettors, cleaned and polished the pieces and rebuilt the units. V P n (not pron)
8 verb To strip someone of their property, rights, or titles means to take those things away from them.
A senior official was stripped of all his privileges for publicly criticising his employer. be V-ed of n, Also V n of n
9 n-count In a newspaper or magazine, a strip is a series of drawings which tell a story. The words spoken by the characters are often written on the drawings.
...the Doonesbury strip.
landing strip strip away
1 phrasal verb To strip away something, especially something that hides the true nature of a thing, means to remove it completely.
Altman strips away the pretence and mythology to expose the film industry as a business like any other. V P n (not pron)
2 phrasal verb To strip away a layer of something means to remove it completely. Sensitive Cream will not strip away the skin's protective layer... V P n (not pron) She'd managed to strip the bloodied rags away from Nellie's body. V n P from n strip down →
strip 7 strip off phrasal verb If you strip off your clothes, you take them off. He stripped off his wet clothes and stepped into the shower. V P n (not pron) →
cartoon strip ( cartoon strips plural ) A cartoon strip is a series of drawings that tells a story.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
comic strip ( comic strips plural ) A comic strip is a series of drawings that tell a story, especially in a newspaper or magazine. n-count
landing strip ( landing strips plural ) A landing strip is a long flat piece of land from which aircraft can take off and land, especially one used only by private or military aircraft. n-count
median strip ( median strips plural ) The median strip is the strip of ground, often covered with grass, that separates the two sides of a major road.
in BRIT, use central reservation
strip cartoon ( strip cartoons plural ) A strip cartoon is the same as a comic strip.
strip club ( strip clubs plural ) A strip club is a club which people go to in order to see striptease. n-count
strip joint ( strip joints plural ) A strip joint is the same as a strip club.
strip light ( strip lights plural ) , strip-light A strip light is an electric light in the form of a long tube.
strip lighting , strip-lighting
Strip lighting is a method of lighting which uses long tubes rather than light bulbs.
Other causes of migraine are VDU screens and strip-lighting.
strip mine ( strip mines plural ) A strip mine is a mine in which the coal, metal, or mineral is near the surface, and so underground passages are not needed.
in BRIT, use opencast mine
strip mining , strip-mining
Strip mining is a method of mining that is used when a mineral is near the surface and underground passages are not needed.
in BRIT, use opencast mining
strip-search ( strip-searches plural & 3rd person present) ( strip-searching present participle) ( strip-searched past tense & past participle ) , strip search If a person is strip-searched, someone such as a police officer makes them take off all their clothes and searches them, usually to see if they are carrying drugs or weapons. Compare body search. verb usu passive
All 23 of them were strip-searched for drugs. be V-ed for n, Also be V-ed