strap

1 of 2

noun

1
a
: 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
Ireland : trollop
strappy adjective

strap

2 of 2

verb

strapped; strapping

transitive verb

1
a(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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The watch is fitted with a high-quality leather strap that is both comfortable and secure on the driving glove or jacket, designed to withstand the vigorous movements of the wearer during high-speed races. Bhanu Chopra, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Once packed, adjustable straps can be assembled to hold the pods in place or function as carry straps. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024 Some lawmakers appeared to become emotional or at a loss for words on Tuesday after hearing the surviving men testify about their lasting trauma — having boiling water poured on them, being beaten with a leather strap, fearing being raped by staff members at night. Romy Ellenbogen, Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024 Adam sported a navy suit and tie with a pair of red sneakers, while Jackie went with curls cascading down her shoulders in a black fit-and-flare mini with white trim and bows on the straps. Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024 Nubuck leather is made to last, and the two straps with metal buckles are adjustable for the perfect fit. Amanda Ogle, Southern Living, 16 Feb. 2024 The sturdy cargos complete with deep pockets and straps looked fit for the fashionable, albeit long subway commutes. Essence, 12 Feb. 2024 Then the rubber strap on the back of B.T.’s mask snapped. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 9 Feb. 2024 This one-piece includes adjustable straps and underwire for the perfect amount of support and comfort, and even features clasps for thigh-high stockings. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024
Verb
At current rates of cash burn, and absent additional financing acrobatics, SunPower will likely end up strapped again later this year. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 During the rally on Saturday, Lauren Snyder, walked around the park, a black M1-51 strapped over her blue and daisy floral print sundress. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 17 Feb. 2024 One older woman was transported in a hospital bed that had been strapped onto a donkey cart. Abigail Williams, NBC News, 30 Jan. 2024 Mainstream media began to interpret the metaverse as a fancy buzzword for virtual reality, a medium that’s struggled to gain a foothold among consumers for the simple fact that not many people enjoy strapping heavy equipment to their faces. Gene Park, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Oh, but for a quarterback, winning the Super Bowl was like strapping on rocket boosters. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2024 No one wants to exert themselves with a 650g device strapped to their face. Andrew Williams, WIRED, 4 Feb. 2024 After reports that the Biden re-election campaign was angling for an endorsement from the superstar (who backed President Biden in 2020), commentators on the network strapped on their culture-war helmets. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2024 The rotor-craft was carried to the Red Planet strapped to the belly of NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed three years ago on the floor of a vast Martian basin called Jerezo Crater on a separate mission aimed primarily at collecting surface samples for eventual return to Earth. Joey Roulette and Steve Gorman, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Time Traveler
The first known use of strap was in 1602

Dictionary Entries Near strap

Cite this Entry

“Strap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strap. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

strap

1 of 2 noun
1
: a band, plate, or loop of metal for tying objects together or for clamping an object in position
2
a
: a narrow usually flat strip of a flexible material and especially leather used for fastening, holding together, or wrapping
b
: something made of a strap forming a loop
boot strap
c
: a strip of leather used for whipping

strap

2 of 2 verb
strapped; strapping
1
: to fasten with or attach by a strap
2
: to beat or punish with a strap
3
4
: to cause to suffer from an extreme scarcity
I'm strapped for cash

Medical Definition

strap

1 of 2 noun
: a flexible band or strip

strap

2 of 2 transitive verb
strapped; strapping
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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