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

Made from durable, water-resistant twill that will break-in over time and sporting leather straps, this handsome bag is ideal for camping trips or cabin stays. Max Berlinger, latimes.com, "LeBron James carries a $41,000 bag. Here's your chance to get into the man-bag game with these picks," 12 July 2018 Compression straps help stabilize the load, and a moisture-wicking lumbar pad helps keep your back dry during steamy hikes to remote waterfalls. Michael Calore, WIRED, "2 Eco-Friendly Backpacks for Your Anywhere Adventures," 9 July 2018 After wearing the tiniest bikini last weekend, which featured translucent PVC straps and showed a lot of skin, Kardashian upped her game by donning not one, but two different swimsuit looks in one day. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian Wears Two Steamy Swimsuit Looks in One Day," 7 July 2018 The back of this long, lean Miu Miu dress is a stunner: nearly bare except for two silk straps adorned with tiny black bows. Rebecca Ramsey, The Cut, "Make a Dramatic Exit in This Miu Miu Dress," 28 June 2018 After so much work and training and staging, our straps duo act is finally in the show tonight. Shannon Barbour, Cosmopolitan, "A Cirque Du Soleil Aerialist Died After He Fell During His Performance," 19 Mar. 2018 The death is the third involving a Cirque performer in the company's 34 years, Lamarre said, adding that the aerial strap act was seen as a relatively safe number. NBC News, "Cirque du Soleil star Yann Arnaud plunges to death during Florida show," 18 Mar. 2018 Mia: Maybe broach the topic of her donning a strap-on over dinner after a glass of wine — or two. Steve & Mia, Philly.com, "Steve & Mia: How to broach an unusual sex request," 12 July 2018 The jacket should be snug to your chest and the straps tight. 2. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Here are 4 water safety tips for you and your family this Fourth of July," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The craft was attached to the kind of engines used to power lawn mowers and strapped with at least nine small rockets that could have been dropped from the drone or used to turn the craft into a bomb. Washington Post, "Russia says DIY drones that attacked its base in Syria came from a rebel village," 10 Jan. 2018 The video appears to show soldiers in a rural area blindfolding two women, who have small children strapped to their backs, and shooting them as other civilians watch. Edwin Kindzeka Moki, Fox News, "Cameroon calls video showing women shot dead propaganda," 13 July 2018 The Texas lethal injection preparation - a part of the process media and witnesses are not permitted to observe - involves inserting two IV lines, while the prisoner is strapped to a gurney. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Houston serial killer Danny Bible's lawyers say he is too sick to execute, predict botched procedure," 8 June 2018 Surveillance video obtained by Channel 2 Action News allegedly shows a Polk County jailer Tasing an inmate who was strapped to a chair. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "WATCH: Video allegedly shows jailer use Taser on inmate strapped to chair," 26 May 2018 Featuring Demi Lovato, the video opens with baby Demi and Xtina playing in a field before being taken by a black armored duo with weapons strapped to their hips. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Christina Aguilera Releases Empowering 'Fall In Line' Video With Demi Lovato: Watch," 23 May 2018 Financially strapped, the pastor had died, and the building needed extensive renovation. Tom Hallman Jr., OregonLive.com, "The path from a small church to a civic leader who made a difference: Tom Hallman," 16 Feb. 2018 Poncho, sporting a vest with a blue emergency light strapped on it, literally jumped into action, . Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Police K-9 shows off lifesaving skills, dog demonstrates CPR on handler," 25 June 2018 McNair is helping Ekso test the EksoGT, which includes braces strapped on both legs and a vest on her torso. Benny Evangelista, SFChronicle.com, "Robotic exoskelton helps stroke, spinal cord patients regain mobility," 23 June 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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Phrases Related to strap

put/tie/strap on the feedbag

strap in

Statistics for strap

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9 Oct 2018

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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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