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

Parents receive all of the information from the digitized foot strap onto an app on their smartphones. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Cool new health wearables do everything from killing head lice to curing incontinence," 2 July 2019 The heat stamp on an Hermès Kelly bag is located beneath the front strap and will be either silver or gold to match the hardware. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "RealReal’s Biggest Hurdle Will Be Keeping It Real After IPO," 25 June 2019 Yep, strap in for another launch angle origin story! Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Just how wild is MLB's home run onslaught? These numbers tell the story," 14 June 2019 Ok, this is gonna be a weird reference, so strap in. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Queer Singer-Songwriter Zee Machine Talks About His Battle With Addiction, Sampling RuPaul & His New EP," 19 Mar. 2018 With wooden rungs, an unusual slanted shape and a strap-in waistband, this machine looks like a piece out of Frankenstein’s lab. Philly.com, "The best aerobic machines for burning fat (Hint: it's not the treadmill)," 20 Feb. 2018 Elevated Running Man: Adam hangs from straps in a metal cage, and wears a resistance band around each ankle that is also connected to the nearest cage post. Tara Parker-pope, New York Times, "The Secret Behind Adam Rippon’s Olympic Abs," 16 Feb. 2018 But don’t let that stop you; strap in to watch Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker haunt all night long. Lauren Chval, RedEye Chicago, "What to watch if you’d rather stay in on Halloween," 30 Oct. 2017 There are other requirements with the helmet – no hard-plastic and metal components and no sharp edges and a chin strap is a must. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Soft-shell helmets debut at 7-on-7 tourney," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Inside the looming beast is just a child, his little hands and feet strapped into the woolly Wild Thing’s, making the character roar by speaking through a tiny cone. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Discovering Maurice Sendak, the Opera Designer," 27 June 2019 My baby was asleep, strapped into a carrier with his perfect little cheeks sweating against my chest. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "Stepping in to help — how could it be a misstep?," 12 June 2019 The dining setup is similar to Japanese hibachi, except diners wear safety belts and the chef is strapped into a harness. Adrienne Jordan, National Geographic, "7 sky-high dining experiences around the world," 25 Apr. 2019 This low-maintenance outfit is probably already on your closet, so if you're strapped for time, just copy Ciara's look. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans," 8 Jan. 2019 Mave pulled a fabric wrap off her mother’s body and strapped Rochelle to her back. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 Spencer is a big, strapping man, and no one had ever talked to him about matching the decor to his eyes, but that's where my mind goes. David A. Keeps, House Beautiful, "Peter Dunham on Transforming a California Beach Cottage," 4 Dec. 2012 The budding ballistics man strapped a number of rockets to his wagon, ignited them, and watched as the vehicle wreaked havoc in a nearby alley. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Drummer Daniel Platzman was wearing a Marc-Andre Fleury jersey draped somewhat strangely over his shoulders, and these bizarre sunglasses—that might’ve been tinted swim goggles—strapped to his head. Charlotte Wilder, SI.com, "Imagine Dragons Fires Up Hometown Crowd Before Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final," 31 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
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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