strap

noun
\ ˈstrap How to pronounce strap (audio) \

Definition of strap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a narrow usually flat strip or thong of a flexible material and especially leather used for securing, holding together, or wrapping
b : something made of a strap forming a loop a boot strap
c : a strip of leather used for flogging
d : strop
2 : a band, plate, or loop of metal for binding objects together or for clamping an object in position
3 : a shoe fastened with a usually buckled strap
4 Irish : trollop

strap

verb
strapped; strapping

Definition of strap (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to secure with or attach by means of a strap
(2) : to support (something, such as a sprained joint) with overlapping strips of adhesive plaster
2 : to beat or punish with a strap
3 : strop
4 : to cause to suffer from an extreme scarcity is often strapped for cash

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Other Words from strap

Noun

strappy \ ˈstra-​pē How to pronounce strappy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of strap in a Sentence

Verb We strapped our snowshoes on. She climbed the mountain with a 40-pound pack strapped to her back. She made sure that both children were strapped in.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Use galvanized pipe straps to mount 1-inch PVC pipe inside the bed walls. Fiona Gilsenan, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Raised Garden Bed," 14 Mar. 2020 If there's a fabric or plastic-y strap available, is that the better option? Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "How Long Does The Coronavirus Stay On Surfaces?," 13 Mar. 2020 The Vasper looks like a recumbent bike crossed with an elliptical attached by tubes to a jet ski and uses adaptive resistance, compression and liquid cooling straps to amplify a workout’s anaerobic effects. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "The Gyms That Want You to Leave ASAP," 2 Mar. 2020 This is in line with my 2011 set, which weighs 17.2 ounces (16 ounces without straps and baskets). Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "Long-Term Review: Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork," 26 Feb. 2020 This includes aftermarket car seat accessories such as head positioners or shoulder strap cushions, and all forms of bunting, sleep sacks or other attire that adds a puffy layer between the child's body and the car seat or straps. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: How does a 64-year-old woman meet a good man?," 21 Feb. 2020 Starring 52 artists from 14 countries, OVO comprises more than 10 acrobatic acts incorporating contortion, foot juggling, slackwire and aerial straps. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Cirque du Soleil acrobat couple spins love story on stage. What to expect at OVO in Phoenix," 17 Feb. 2020 The asymmetrical armored fuchsia top featured a mock neck and straps along the back, which was then paired with a flowing maxi skirt. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zendaya Shows Off Her Abs Once Again in a Christopher Esber Creation," 31 Jan. 2020 The project reported in August 2019 that grounding straps on the spacecraft’s momentum flap came loose during vibration testing. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Report: Webb telescope has just a 12 percent chance of making launch date," 29 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This language is not quite right: even the most rudimentary or resource-strapped clinical treatment affords palliative care and comfort, and bears witness. Laura Kolbe, The New York Review of Books, "What ‘Distributive Justice’ Means for Doctors Treating Covid-19," 19 Mar. 2020 Mayor London Breed is setting aside $10 million to help those financially strapped by the growing pandemic. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "SF mayor: City will foot businesses’ bills for coronavirus sick days," 16 Mar. 2020 That left health departments around the country cash-strapped and forced to cut back on existing public health programs, like responding to STD outbreaks. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Leave a Comment," 2 Mar. 2020 All of the candidates, save Sanders and Bloomberg, are increasingly strapped for cash, and Super Tuesday could be the last chance for some to buoy their candidacies through more contests down the line. Meg Cunningham, ABC News, "What is Super Tuesday and why is it important? Here's what you need to know.," 2 Mar. 2020 Smith, the etiquette consultant, recommends this option for people who are too cash-strapped to tip, or as an option in addition to a tip. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Holiday tipping confuses nearly everyone — here's what you need to know," 20 Dec. 2019 Picture this arbitration effort with the already financially strapped and medically recovering victim on one side, and the legal army of a provider or insurer on the other. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: What is the fix for surprise medical bills? (11/3/19)," 3 Nov. 2019 The patients are cash-strapped and sometimes left hungry. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Reality TV Meets Crowdsourced Medicine in Netflix's Diagnosis," 16 Aug. 2019 Some may be hungry, some may be financially strapped, some may live alone. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Zion Lutheran Church's community dinner gets a flavor boost from Certified Master Chef Tim Bucci," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of strap

Noun

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for strap

Noun

alteration of strop, from Middle English, band or loop of leather or rope, from Old English, thong for securing an oar, from Latin struppus band, strap, from Greek strophos twisted band, from strephein to twist

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Time Traveler for strap

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The first known use of strap was in 1602

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Last Updated

26 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strap. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for strap

strap

noun
How to pronounce strap (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of strap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a narrow and usually flat piece of a material that is used for fastening, holding together, or wrapping something

strap

verb

English Language Learners Definition of strap (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten (someone or something) by using a strap
chiefly British : to wrap (an injured or broken part of the body) with bandages

strap

noun
\ ˈstrap How to pronounce strap (audio) \

Kids Definition of strap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a narrow strip of flexible material used especially for fastening, holding together, or wrapping

strap

verb
strapped; strapping

Kids Definition of strap (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to fasten with or attach by means of a strap
2 : to whip with a strap

strap

noun
\ ˈstrap How to pronounce strap (audio) \

Medical Definition of strap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a flexible band or strip
strapped; strapping

Medical Definition of strap (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to secure with or attach by means of a strap
2 : to support (as a sprained joint) with overlapping strips of adhesive plaster

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