STRIP, to remove or tear off the outer covering of anything, hence to rob or plunder; also a narrow long piece of stuff or material, or a mark or division narrow in proportion to its length distinguished from its ground or surroundings by colour or other variation of texture, character, etc.; a stripe; this last word is a variant of " strip," a particular meaning, that of a stroke or lash of a whip, is either due to the original meaning of " strip," to flay, or to the long narrow mark or wheat left by a blow. The O. Eng. strypan, to strip, is cognate with Du. stroopen, Ger. streifen, and the root is possibly seen in " strike," Lat. stringere. " To strip " has many technical meanings, e.g. to separate the tobacco leaf from the stems, to remove the overlying soil from a mineral deposit before opening and working it, to turn a gun-barrel in a lathe, etc. In architecture, a " strippilaster " is a narrow pilaster such as is found in Saxon work and in the Italian Romanesque churches. " Stripling," a youth, is apparently a diminutive of " strip," in the sense of a young growing lad.
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