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Topic: MECHANICAL

Language: Old English
Origin: -strypan

strip

1 verb
     
strip1 past tense and past participle stripped, present participle stripping
1

take off clothes

a) [intransitive and transitive] also strip off to take off your clothes or take off someone else's clothes [↪ undress]:
Jack stripped and jumped into the shower.
The prisoner was stripped and beaten.
strip off something
He stripped off his sweater and threw it onto the couch.
Eric stood in the hot sun, stripped to the waist (=not wearing any clothes on the top half of his body).
Terry stripped down to her bra and pants (=removed all her clothes except her bra and pants) and tried on the dress.
The boys stripped naked and jumped in the pond.
b) [intransitive] to take off your clothes in a sexually exciting way as entertainment for someone else
2

remove

[transitive] to remove something that is covering the surface of something else:
Strip the beds and wash the sheets.
strip something off/from something
We need to strip the wallpaper off the walls first.
strip something of something
tall windows stripped of curtains
3

engines/equipment

also strip down [transitive]TEM to separate an engine or piece of equipment into pieces in order to clean or repair it [= dismantle]
4

building/ship etc

[transitive] to remove everything that is inside a building, all the equipment from a car etc so that it is completely empty:
The apartment had been stripped bare.
5

damage

[transitive] to damage or break the gears of something or the thread (=raised line) on a screw so that it does not work correctly any more

strip something ↔ away

phrasal verb
to remove something, especially something that hides or protects someone or something:
His book aims to strip away the lies and show the world as it really is.

strip somebody of something

phrasal verb
to take away something important from someone as a punishment, for example their title, property, or power:
Captain Evans was found guilty and stripped of his rank.
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