Strip

Definition of Strip

v. t.1.To deprive; to bereave; to make destitute; to plunder; especially, to deprive of a covering; to skin; to peel; as, to strip a man of his possession, his rights, his privileges, his reputation; to strip one of his clothes; to strip a beast of his skin; to strip a tree of its bark.
[imp. & p. p. Stripped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Stripping.]
And strippen her out of her rude array.
- Chaucer.
They stripped Joseph out of his coat.
- Gen. xxxvii. 23.
Opinions which . . . no clergyman could have avowed without imminent risk of being stripped of his gown.
- Macaulay.
2.To divest of clothing; to uncover.
Before the folk herself strippeth she.
- Chaucer.
Strip your sword stark naked.
- Shak.
3.(Naut.) To dismantle; as, to strip a ship of rigging, spars, etc.
4.(Agric.) To pare off the surface of, as land, in strips.
5.To deprive of all milk; to milk dry; to draw the last milk from; hence, to milk with a peculiar movement of the hand on the teats at the last of a milking; as, to strip a cow.
6.To pass; to get clear of; to outstrip.
When first they stripped the Malean promontory.
- Chapman.
Before he reached it he was out of breath,
And then the other stripped him.
- Beau. & Fl.
7.To pull or tear off, as a covering; to remove; to wrest away; as, to strip the skin from a beast; to strip the bark from a tree; to strip the clothes from a man's back; to strip away all disguisses.
To strip bad habits from a corrupted heart, is stripping off the skin.
- Gilpin.
8.(Mach.) To tear off (the thread) from a bolt or nut; as, the thread is stripped.
9.To remove the metal coating from (a plated article), as by acids or electrolytic action.
10.(Carding) To remove fiber, flock, or lint from; - said of the teeth of a card when it becomes partly clogged.
11.To pick the cured leaves from the stalks of (tobacco) and tie them into "hands"; to remove the midrib from (tobacco leaves).
v. i.1.To take off, or become divested of, clothes or covering; to undress.
2.(Mach.) To fail in the thread; to lose the thread, as a bolt, screw, or nut. See Strip, v. t., 8.
n.1.A narrow piece, or one comparatively long; as, a strip of cloth; a strip of land.
2.(Mining) A trough for washing ore.
3.(Gunnery) The issuing of a projectile from a rifled gun without acquiring the spiral motion.

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