strip

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • verb to dismantle an engine or other device

Agriculture

  • verb to remove a covering from something

Banking

  • noun an action of separating coupons from a bond

Cars & Driving

  • verb to tear off or break the thread from a screw, bolt, etc. or the teeth from a gear

Computing

  • verb to remove the control data from a received message, leaving only the relevant information

Construction

  • board lumber 1" in nominal thickness and less than 4" in width, frequently the product of ripping a wider piece of lumber. The most common sizes are 1" x 2" and 1" x 3". See also furring.
  • To remove formwork or molds.
  • To remove an old finish with paint removers.
  • To damage the threads on a nut or bolt.

Cricket

  • noun the area between the two sets of stumps, especially when considered in terms of its qualities as a playing surface; the wicket
    Citation ‘Selected on the merits of an end of season spurt, Wayne Holdsworth never came to grips with the slower, more placid English strips’ (Peter hook, Australian Cricket October 1993)

Electronics

  • A long and narrow piece or section. For example, a magnetic stripe.
  • To remove the insulation or jacket from a wire or cable.
  • To remove from an object or material. For instance, to strip an electron from a surface.

Media Studies

  • verb to put pieces of photographic film or paper together to make a plate for printing

Medical

  • noun a long thin piece of material or tissue
  • verb to take off something, especially clothes

Military

  • verb to take off all your clothing

Publishing

  • noun a narrow piece of paper or film

Real Estate

  • verb to remove old paint or varnish from a surface by scraping or burning it or by using a chemical
  • verb to remove all the contents from a room or building

Travel

  • noun an act of taking your clothes off, often as an entertainment for other people

Origin & History of “strip”

Strip ‘narrow piece’ (15th c.) and strip ‘remove covering’ (13th c.) are distinct words. The former was perhaps borrowed from middle Low German strippe ‘strap’, and may be related to English stripe (17th c.), an acquisition from Middle Dutch strīfe. A stripling (13th c.) is etymologically someone who is as thin as a ‘strip’. Strip ‘unclothe’ goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *straupjan, which also produced German streifen and Dutch stroopen. there was once a third English word strip, meaning ‘move quickly’, but it now survives only in the derived outstrip (16th c.); its origins are uncertain.
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