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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shoppers can choose from a detachable clip-strap nursing bra, a low-impact crossover nursing bra, seamless bike shorts and an additional style of leggings. Kami Phillips, PEOPLE.com, "Hollywood Moms Love This Sustainable Leggings Brand, and It Just Launched a Maternity Collection," 16 Sep. 2020 This isn’t to discourage you and your partner from experimenting with toys, strap-ons, whatever. Anna Pulley, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Anna: Is it normal to experience pain during intercourse?," 18 Dec. 2020 Set includes jersey, pants, helmet, chin strap and iron-on numbers. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Best Christmas gifts for the Auburn Tiger fans in your life," 14 Dec. 2020 And nearly always a tourist camera on a leather strap was slung around his neck. David Salle, The New York Review of Books, "Robert Rauschenberg in Black and White," 13 Dec. 2020 That’s thanks to an elastic strap that sits on the back of your head when the towel is properly in place. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, "This Microfiber Towel Has a Genius Detail That Makes Drying Hair So Much Easier," 8 Dec. 2020 These water shoes pull on and have a wide velcro strap to adjust the tightness. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best swim shoes for kids," 7 Dec. 2020 In recent years, a sixth and sometimes a seventh strap have been added, but the spiderwebs still focus on the pelvis and shoulders. Rachel Lance, Wired, "A Race Car Crash From Hell—and the Science That Saved Its Driver," 6 Dec. 2020 At 70, Patwardhan is nearly the same age as independent India, and his appearance — long hair, youthful face, leather strap sandals, loose homespun cotton tunics — is at once haphazard and hopeful, not unlike the promise of a new republic. New York Times, "India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning," 1 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With the excitement of a new era already dissipating, UNLV fans are going to have to strap in for the reality of another long rebuild with no guarantee of success. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Texas hasn't come close to reaching its potential under Tom Herman," 29 Nov. 2020 The guards come for him, strap him to the table and push a needle into his arm. Mark Vancleave, Star Tribune, "LIFE AFTER DEATH ROW," 2 Aug. 2015 Missouri hasn’t played since Halloween, so they’ll be excited just to strap the pads on again. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Does Greg Sankey have his finger on the red button?," 19 Nov. 2020 Finally, the time will come for skiers and riders to step on the snow, strap their planks to their feet and get on the lift that will take them away from all their COVID-19 concerns. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s ski season is ‘gonna be different’ under coronavirus cloud. Here’s what to expect.," 6 Nov. 2020 When the water is clear enough, the researchers will strap on masks and snorkels and swim into stream pools to see the fish and estimate their numbers. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, "With world’s aquatic life at risk, scientists issue rare call to action on climate change," 31 Oct. 2020 And, as mentioned earlier, provisions will also be made to strap air-to-ground weapons on the F-14—500, 1000 or 2000-pound bombs or rocket-launching pods. Kevin V. Brown, Popular Mechanics, ""A Hot New Fighter for the Navy": PM Meets the F-14," 8 Oct. 2020 The opening episodes are a garland of short ballets in which the young actors plunge into the sea, strap themselves into harnesses for a verboten turn on the base’s zip line, and decorate one another with paintball guns. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Search for Kindred Spirits in “We Are Who We Are,” on HBO," 28 Sep. 2020 Chubb continues to strap the team — and several defenders — on his back and help carry the day. cleveland, "Browns pick off Dwayne Haskins 3 times and strip him once in 34-20 victory over Washington; Chase Young lost early to injury," 27 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for strap

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The first known use of strap was in 1602

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Last Updated

10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Strap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strap. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for strap

strap

noun
How to pronounce strap (audio)

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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