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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.