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

Magnetic-buckle compression straps keep things tight. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Backpacks for the Daily Grind," 2 May 2019 Satin pumps sprouted unexpected ankle straps, while pointy boots were given a western twist. Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Is Bringing Back This OTT Boot Trend," 29 Apr. 2019 Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 41 The Breitling Navitimer watch family gets an elegant addition with this stainless steel and alligator strap variation, featuring stylish details including a circular slide rule and beaded bezel. ... Alexander Fisher, WSJ, "Baselworld Report: Our 10 Favorite Watches," 26 Mar. 2019 Designers created iterations of the utilitarian sandals with platforms (like Anna Sui above) and iridescent straps. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "7 Shoe Trends of 2019 You're Going to Want to Pay Attention To," 7 Jan. 2019 Perhaps, most importantly, the straps settle onto my shoulder in the most comfortable way, without sliding down my arm like a lot of awkwardly-sized handles tend to do. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My Marc Jacobs Tote," 3 Apr. 2019 Loewe, $450, loewe.com With a chain strap and black leather flap, this small number transitions easily from day to night. WSJ, "Five Woven Straw Bags to Have You Summer-Ready," 2 Apr. 2019 This growing category aims to provide solutions to common fit issues people with smaller busts often experience, such as a need for shape, ill-fitting straps, and gaping cups. Glamour, "I'm as Flat as They Come, and I've Finally Figured Out How to Shop for Bras," 27 Mar. 2019 Instead of a strap that goes around the back of your head, the nodpod has two end tabs that lay flat across the pillow on either side. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "If You Love Weighted Blankets, You Need This Sleep Mask," 25 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ann Demeulemeester’s burgundy feathers and Marni’s assemblage bibs were strapped on, an answer to the men’s harness. Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Jewelry Trends of the Fall 2019 Season," 15 Mar. 2019 But the most shocking thing part of all comes near the end, when, suddenly, Kate is strapped to a stretcher and is being wheeled into a hospital. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch the Terrifying New 'This Is Us' Season 3 Promo That Has Fans Freaking Out," 20 Feb. 2019 Even the late Donald Judd’s West Texas art complex at Marfa is often strapped for cash. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "James Turrell’s New Masterpiece in the Desert," 14 Jan. 2019 If Logan Paul decides to prank his brother with a cooler full of rotting food, Majlak straps up and helps him secure the package with duct tape. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Meet the babysitter who helps Logan Paul stay out of trouble on YouTube," 3 Dec. 2018 Bikes are strapped to the roof of the 250-ton Pivoine’s cabin; two of us jog along the old towpaths (barges used to be pulled by horses—and humans) to work off the grandes bouffes. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "A Luxurious Barge Cruise Is the Best Way to See France," 9 Aug. 2018 One man strapped snakes and turtles to his body and tried to get past a security checkpoint at the Miami airport, and a woman once hid a snake in her bra at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to the Herald. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Snake on a plane: Man tries to sneak python on board by hiding it inside a computer hard drive," 10 July 2018 During the past few months, the athletes have been learning to maneuver long, curved baskets (cestas) strapped to their hands, and hurl the ball (pelota) against the court walls at speeds up to 170 mph. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "These 10 former UM athletes make their Jai-Alai debut at Magic City Casino on Sunday," 29 June 2018 The 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive guard played at Lakota West a season ago but will strap on his helmet and pads at Princeton this fall for his senior season. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Recruiting Trail: Briggs, All highlight 8-commitment weekend," 25 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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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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