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 Ireland : 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rounding out the elegant package is a tan brown leather racing strap. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 18 May 2022 Large bows adorn the top of the fitted bodice, which features a single strap. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 9 May 2022 To up your travel experience, Zegur equipped the bag with a padded top handle, an adjustable shoulder strap, and a strap to slide over the top of your luggage handle for carrying convenience. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 The actress has spoken candidly about how Arya has negatively impacted her body image before, recounting an experience in which a strap was placed across her chest during a 2019 interview with Vogue. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 13 Apr. 2022 If a buckle is broken, wrap a ski strap below the adjusters and bind it down. Trevor Husted, Outside Online, 3 Apr. 2022 On April 25, 2013, Stewart was covering a load with a tarp when a strap broke, wrenching his left arm and injuring that shoulder. al, 27 Mar. 2022 Surveillance video released Friday shows a Clark County sheriff’s deputy violently slamming to the ground a man whose hands were cuffed behind his back, then deputies dragging him to the cell door using a strap. oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2022 As with many of the pieces here, Getreide has replaced the strap/bracelet following careful consultation with Patek. Nick Scott, Robb Report, 7 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And many of the same pundits who supported state mandates compelling prepubescent kids to strap useless masks over their faces were suddenly aghast at the sight of such egregious harassment. David Harsanyi, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 Like a Swiss cheese riddled with holes, the Zinal glacier has caves and grottoes aplenty and visitors can strap on some snow shoes and take a hike right into its icy depths. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 14 Feb. 2022 Park patrons strap themselves into cotton overalls and helmets, descend into a mountain by train, and step into an expansive two-chambered cavern to start the experience. Hannah Weinberger, Outside Online, 3 July 2014 Those of us who strap into every car to extract the best performance numbers often remark that the cars at the very pointy end of the performance spectrum tend to require the least driver skill to achieve the blistering straight-line times. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 24 Mar. 2022 There are people who drive Escalades because Escalades are comfortable, and there are people who simply prefer to strap the baby into the car seat in the back of a big SUV rather than in the back of a Mini Cooper. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 10 Mar. 2022 Cars participating in the extra running will be allowed to strap on far more downforce than is race legal during those 30 minutes to hopefully ensure drivers can run fast enough to activate the tires while still trying to stay out of the walls. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2022 The device was then able to track the person's sleep without requiring them to strap on a smartwatch. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 1 Mar. 2022 That is, the way to do this is to strap on something that plainly looks like a dystopian prosthesis or torture device. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

22 May 2022

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“Strap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strap. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for strap

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

strap

transitive verb
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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