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

Definition of stirrup

  1. 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. 2 :  a piece resembling a stirrup: such asa :  one used as a support or clamp in carpentry and machineryb :  a stirrup-shaped footrest

  3. 3 :  a rope secured to a yard and attached to a thimble in its lower end for supporting a footrope

  4. 4 :  stapes

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Origin and Etymology 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



STIRRUP Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of stirrup for English Language Learners

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


STIRRUP Defined for Kids

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noun stir·rup \ˈstər-əp\

Definition of stirrup for Students

  1. :  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


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

Medical Definition of stirrup

  1. 1:  stapes

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



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