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

My old tank tops had to have thick straps to hide my bras. Allison Berres, Good Housekeeping, "Breast-Reduction Surgery Made Me Feel More Sensual, Youthful, and Confident," 9 Nov. 2018 Without having strap the canoe to the roof (possibly damaging the paint job in the process), now the boat rests a comfortable half-foot above the cab, secured only on the bed rack. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Thule's XSporter Pro Turns Your Truck Into a Multitool," 6 Nov. 2018 The dress has straps and an uneven hem on an easy silhouette. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Disney, Coach team up for their Dark Fairy Tale fashion collaboration, South Coast Plaza pop-up," 17 May 2018 Cesta sisal basket bag with leather strap, $350 at cestacollective.com. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Jeans of the Future," 9 May 2018 The inner pocket has some nice leather clothes straps, and the outer zip pockets give you an extra hit of easily-accessible packing capacity but can be pulled down nice and snug to keep your bag sleek. Andrew Craig, GQ, "The Best Carry-On Luggage Makes Going Home to the Suburbs Feel Like Jetting to the Maldives," 15 Jan. 2018 Instead, SteelSeries deploys a horizontal elastic strap that may result in a tight fit for the bigger-headed among us. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 How to use a ratchet strap: The ratchet should be folded closed so the barrel is easily accessible. Andrew Northshield, Popular Mechanics, "How to Tie a Christmas Tree to the Roof of Your Car," 2 Dec. 2018 The case is stainless in 40mm and comes with an alligator strap. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Time and Place: Baume & Mercier in L.A.," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Sky Tower itself has an observatory deck for bonkers views of the city and Pacific ocean, and adrenaline junkies can strap in and walk along an outside ledge or bungee jump (!) off the tallest manmade structure in the country. Andrea Bartz, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Auckland, New Zealand," 11 Feb. 2019 Whether workers will strap on another piece of equipment on a hot July day is an open question, said Marty Smets, who is overseeing Ford’s program. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Industrial Exoskeletons Give Workers a Lift," 17 Jan. 2019 Crafting the perfect holiday party look requires a few crucial steps: Slipping on one glittering midi, strapping on a pair of dance-floor appropriate stilettos and, perhaps most importantly, creating the ultimate festive face. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Easy and Festive Makeup Ideas To Amp Up Any Holiday Party," 22 Dec. 2018 Hours after Ryan Murphy strapped on a pair of boxing gloves and sparred with a friend early Sunday morning, the 29-year-old lost consciousness and was found not breathing and unresponsive, a Burlington Police Department press release said. Fox News, "Boxing-related death a homicide but no evidence of a crime, Vermont cops say," 13 Sep. 2018 Selena Gomez was one of a few celebs to strap on their dancing shoes and hit the dance floor for a good cause on Saturday night (June 23). Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Hit the Dance Floor to Surprise CHOC's Oncology Prom," 24 June 2018 Drowning Accident Rescue Team members are preparing to strap on scuba tanks and search the bottom of the river for the boy, Taylor said. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Search underway for young boy who disappeared in Sacramento River," 22 June 2018 This idea trickled down into the collections of designers who took the traditional codes of menswear—crisp suiting and shirting—and strapped a harness on top. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Virgil Abloh, Michael Jackson, and the History of the Male Fashion Harness," 17 Jan. 2019 But a digging drone isn't as easy as just strapping a drill to a quad. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Drones Are Drilling Holes Now," 9 Jan. 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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