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 strap (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 The tusks of the strap-toothed whale grow up and across the snout, like a bone ribbon that ties the mouth nearly shut. J. B. Mackinnon, The Atlantic, "Beaked Whales Are the Animals We Need Right Now," 30 Mar. 2021 Squier Bullet Stratocaster Bundle: $339.99 at AmazonYou get plenty of bang for your buck with this beginner's bundle: a solid electric guitar and a range of accessories, including a Fender practice amp, cable, tuner, strap and plectrums. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "Best cheap electric guitars," 17 Mar. 2021 Portability: Does the mat come with a strap or bag? Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The best yoga mats of 2021," 25 Feb. 2021 Gruden wore his mask like a chin strap, and Payton sported his gaiter like a turtleneck. Arnie Stapleton, Anchorage Daily News, "NFL fines coaches $100,000 apiece for misuse of masks during weekend games," 22 Sep. 2020 The cart includes accessories like a flower pot strap and a mesh rock mover. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "The best gardening tools for keeping your yard lush without the waste," 30 July 2020 School Shoes carried all the different styles area schools required: black-and-white saddle oxfords; Mary Janes with one strap looped over the top; penny loafers; black-and-white athletic shoes. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "'Do what you love to do' - San Antonio's Shoeman Sam provided personal service of a bygone time," 15 Mar. 2021 To succeed in their hydration goals, many users carry around gallon-sized water bottles like a handbag, with a strap attached to the receptacle. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Does Wearing Your Water Bottle Make You Drink More? An Investigation," 11 Mar. 2021 The elastic headband, featuring a strap that goes over the top of your head, is also easily adjustable. Outdoor Life, "Best Headlamp for Campers, Hunters, Anglers, and More," 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These versatile gaiters can easily strap onto your hiking boots or even your everyday shoes, providing protection both on and off the trail. Matthew Young, chicagotribune.com, "What to wear when hiking in the rain," 20 Mar. 2021 Merritt said the sheriff told him that seven detention officers grabbed Scott and attempted to strap him to a bed in his cell. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Man died in Collin County jail after being restrained, pepper-sprayed, attorney Lee Merritt says," 18 Mar. 2021 What’s needed now are compelling reasons to strap on a visor and step into a virtual world that doesn’t involve a flight simulator or video game with a high body count. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Virtual Reality for All, Finally," 8 Dec. 2015 With the excitement of a new era already dissipating, UNLV fans are going to have to strap in for the reality of another long rebuild with no guarantee of success. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Texas hasn't come close to reaching its potential under Tom Herman," 29 Nov. 2020 The guards come for him, strap him to the table and push a needle into his arm. Mark Vancleave, Star Tribune, "LIFE AFTER DEATH ROW," 2 Aug. 2015 Missouri hasn’t played since Halloween, so they’ll be excited just to strap the pads on again. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Does Greg Sankey have his finger on the red button?," 19 Nov. 2020 Finally, the time will come for skiers and riders to step on the snow, strap their planks to their feet and get on the lift that will take them away from all their COVID-19 concerns. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s ski season is ‘gonna be different’ under coronavirus cloud. Here’s what to expect.," 6 Nov. 2020 When the water is clear enough, the researchers will strap on masks and snorkels and swim into stream pools to see the fish and estimate their numbers. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, "With world’s aquatic life at risk, scientists issue rare call to action on climate change," 31 Oct. 2020

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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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4 Apr 2021

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“Strap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strap. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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