strap

noun
\ˈstrap \

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

b : bind, constrict

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 \ 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

In addition to these new colors, the teal, olive and mauve Watch straps that were previously exclusively available through Nike’s iPhone app are now also available for purchase directly from Apple. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Apple cases for the iPhone XS increases to twelve, iPhone XR still zero," 30 Nov. 2018 Attach rope or fabric to create straps, so the box can rest comfortably on your shoulders. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Halloween Costumes From the PM Archives," 11 Oct. 2018 Hadid was all smiles, dressed casually in an oversized long-sleeve tee, light wash jeans, Jordans, thick hoop earrings, and a chain strap shoulder bag. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Can't Stop Holding Hands in New York City," 3 Oct. 2018 Jumpsuits, straps and cords featured on silhouettes that were either tight on the torso, evoking a leotard, or diaphanous and floaty, channeling a tutu. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 The chic white piece features Gucci's iconic logo, a scooped back and crossover straps. Anna Duff, Fox News, "Gucci's sold-out $380 swimsuit can't touch chlorine," 22 Sep. 2018 Nip slips, quad-boob, bands that ride up, straps that fall down — is there anything as annoying as a bra that doesn’t fit right? Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "Are You Wearing the Wrong Bra Size?," 2 Aug. 2018 There’s also a wide range of silicone straps (28 in total) that are interchangeable and water-resistant. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Fossil Sport Smartwatch debuts with new Wear 3100 chip and Wear OS," 8 Nov. 2018 Kate was noticeably wearing her order with a yellow ribbon on the left strap of her gown last night. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Received an Extremely Important Honor from the Queen," 24 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After Niko shimmies into a red dress, Gvatua needs to strap him into the studded bra. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet Gerilyn, Tbilisi’s Queen of Drag," 21 Nov. 2018 The very act of strapping it on to my wrist gives me hope for the future. Gary Shteyngart, WSJ, "A Rolex with a Fascinating NASA Past," 3 Oct. 2018 Now imagine running through snow with extra weight strapped atop both feet. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What Is Snowshoe Racing? A Look Inside the Niche and Challenging Winter Sport," 17 Oct. 2018 When asked by the Guardian about why people weren’t getting vaccinated, experts in England spoke mainly of an increasingly strapped and fragmented National Health Service, the country’s public health system. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Measles cases have hit a record high in Europe. Blame austerity.," 24 Sep. 2018 And what if a group from the National Rifle Association shows up with NRA hats on their heads and AR-15s strapped across their shoulders? Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky State Police stomp on inalienable rights of protesters at Capitol," 5 June 2018 Those loans are designed to be paid back in a lump sum on a borrower's next payday, and Limón said borrowers who are already strapped for cash probably can’t repay several loans at once. James Rufus Koren, latimes.com, "Bills headed for state Senate would put limits on payday, auto-title lending," 19 June 2018 The shortfall is small in the scope of the $7 billion state education budget, but school advocates calling on lawmakers to close the gap said every dollar counts for schools that are already cash-strapped. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Fix proposed for Indiana's $11.8 million school funding gap," 3 Jan. 2018 Mothers drifted in, some with babies strapped to them, others lurching after toddlers grabbing for the cookie tray. Sophie Brickman, The New Yorker, "Talking Arms Control with Babes in Arms," 7 May 2018

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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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The first known use of strap was in 1602

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More Definitions for strap

strap

noun

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

: to wrap (an injured or broken part of the body) with bandages

strap

noun
\ˈstrap \

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 \

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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