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

This bag includes two zippered pockets and adjustable straps. CNN Underscored, "Does your kid love The Lion King? Here are five awesome Disney-inspired items they'll love for the first day of school," 7 Aug. 2019 So strap on in, hit the NOS and take a drive with us through the blazing evolution of the Fast and Furious franchise. Travis M. Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "The supercharged evolution of the ‘Fast & Furious’ films from racing movies to global action flicks," 4 Aug. 2019 It’s made of stainless steel and comes with a heavy-duty nylon pouch that slips on your belt or backpack straps. Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 30 July 2019 Bengals brass desires to retain their most productive players at a price that doesn’t cash strap the franchise. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals coach Zac Taylor: We expect our guys to be at training camp," 27 June 2019 Founded by Ben Etheridge and his late father, Cliff, this craft distillery and tasting room specializes in vodka, gin, whiskey and its signature liquor, Black Coral Rum, made with black strap molasses. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Warehouse District: How West Palm Beach’s newest nightlife village found suds, spirits and ‘soul’," 6 June 2019 Before, visitors used to kayak across a lake to reach the glacier’s face, strap on a pair of crampons and walk onto the ice. NBC News, "Record heat in Alaska melts glaciers, hints at bigger problems that may be to come," 25 July 2019 Leather straps underneath the carriages of the older buggies served as suspension systems to ease the rides along bumpy dirt roads, whereas older carriages had metal suspensions. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "A caravan of modern-day trucks hauls antique carriages across Seminole," 24 July 2019 Ultra-soft strap features breathable holes for night-long comfort. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Investors in the firm, which floated on the stockmarket in May, are strapping in for a more tumultuous and uncertain journey—the one to profitability. The Economist, "Uber lost over $5bn in the second quarter," 9 Aug. 2019 When the 28-year old Australian shooter stormed into two New Zealand mosques in March, camera strapped to his head, and opened fire, users of 8chan were among the first to know. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "The Weird, Dark History of 8chan," 6 Aug. 2019 The braces are designed to be strapped to the arm, allowing AR-15-style pistols to be more easily fired with one hand. Cameron Knight, USA TODAY, "Dayton shooter used a modified gun that may have exploited a legal loophole," 5 Aug. 2019 When the twins were found, their body temperature was 108 degrees; their organs had failed after several hours strapped inside the sedan, according to the medical examiner. Andrea Salcedo, New York Times, "‘Oh, Forgive Us!’: Heartbreak at Wake for Twins Who Died in Hot Car," 2 Aug. 2019 Cyclists in the ongoing Tour de France have even strapped on ice vests to stay cool. Umair Irfan, Vox, "108 degrees in Paris: Europe is shattering heat records this week," 26 July 2019 After a night under the stars, participants will strap on packs and undertake a 3- to 4-mile hike to become accustomed to the physical challenges involved with backpacking. cleveland.com, "Brecksville Reservation programs offer insights for both experienced and novice backpackers," 26 July 2019 Once alerted, a Lattice user can strap on a pair of VR goggles and get a bird’s-eye view of what triggered the alarm, or toggle between the individual streams coming from each sensor. Sam Deanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A 26-year-old billionaire is building virtual border walls — and the federal government is buying," 26 July 2019 Simply strap your headlamp around it, turn on, and voilà. Outside Online, "5 Ways to Impress Your Friends at the Campsite," 25 July 2019

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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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