STRIP, verb transitive [G., to strip to flay, to stripe or streak, to graze upon, to swerve, ramble or stroll. Latin ]
1. To pull or tear off, as a covering; as, to strip the skin from a beast; to strip the bark from a tree; to strip the clothes from a mans back.
2. To deprive of a covering; to skin; to peel; as, to strip a beast of his skin; to strip a tree of its bark; to strip a man of his clothes.
3. To deprive; to bereave; to make destitute; as, to strip a man of his possessions.
4. To divest; as, to strip one of his rights and privileges. Let us strip this subject of all its adventitious glare.
5. To rob; to plunder; as, robbers strip a house.
6. To bereave; to deprive; to impoverish; as a man stripped of his fortune.
7. To deprive; to make bare by cutting, grazing or other means; as cattle strip the ground of its herbage.
8. To pull off husks; to husk; as, to strip maiz, or the ears of maiz.
9. To press out the last milk at a milking.
10. To unrig; as, to strip a ship.
11. To pare off the surface of land in strips, and turn over the strips upon the adjoining surface.
To strip off,
1. To pull or take off; as, to strip off a covering; to strip off a mask or disguise.
2. To cast off. [Not in use.]
3. To separate from something connected. [Not in use.]
[We may observe the primary sense of this word is to peel or skin, hence to pull off in a long narrow piece; hence stripe.]
STRIP, noun [G., a stripe, a streak.]
1. A narrow piece, comparatively long; as a strip of cloth.
2. Waste, in a legal sense; destruction of fences, buildings, timber, etc.