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stirrup

noun stir·rup \ˈstər-əp also ˈstir-əp or ˈstə-rəp\

: one of two loops that are attached to a saddle for the rider's feet

Full Definition of STIRRUP

1
:  either of a pair of small light frames or rings for receiving the foot of a rider that are attached by a strap to a saddle and used to aid in mounting and as a support while riding
2
:  a piece resembling a stirrup: as
a :  one used as a support or clamp in carpentry and machinery
b :  a stirrup-shaped footrest
3
:  a rope secured to a yard and attached to a thimble in its lower end for supporting a footrope
4
:  stapes
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Origin of STIRRUP

Middle English stirop, from Old English stigrāp, from stig- (akin to Old High German stīgan to go up) + rāp rope — more at stair, rope
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with STIRRUP

STIRRUP Defined for Kids

stirrup

noun stir·rup \ˈstər-əp\

Definition of STIRRUP for Kids

:  either of a pair of small light frames or loops often of metal hung by straps from a saddle and used as a support for the foot of a horseback rider
Medical Dictionary

stirrup

noun stir·rup \ˈstər-əp also ˈstir-əp or ˈstə-rəp\

Medical Definition of STIRRUP

1
:  stapes
2
:  an attachment to an examining or operating table designed to raise and spread the legs of a patient
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