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 Shop these chunky chain-strap bags and get ahead of the street style trends. Vogue, "The Fall Bag Trend You’ll Be Seeing All Over Street Style Stars This Fashion Month," 7 Sep. 2019 Her sister Sairah wore a vibrant aqua three-piece suit from Pretty Little Thing with a high bun and white ankle-strap sandals. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Billie Eilish's Green Tie-Dye, Bella Thorne's Acid-Wash Denim, and More Celeb Looks From This Weekend," 19 Aug. 2019 Have some fun with details, like choosing an ankle-strap pump to peek out from the side split for a playful touch to your office look. Tyler Joe, Marie Claire, "How to Style Side Split Jeans," 12 Aug. 2019 The actress, 33, accessorized the sheer striped ball gown, featuring a high-low skirt with tiered layers, with ankle-strap sandals, silver jewelry and a matching orange and yellow eyeshadow look. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Amanda Seyfried Glows in Gorgeous Yellow Gown on The Art of Racing in the Rain Red Carpet," 2 Aug. 2019 We’re especially loving the exaggerated sleeves paired with the luxe Bulgari jewels and metallic silver ankle-strap sandals. refinery29.com, "Selena Gomez's Sun Hat Is The Perfect Summer Accessory," 25 July 2019 Sporting a buzz cut, prison blues and a chin-strap beard, the slim 24-year-old Floridian Brandon Hatfield leans sideways in a rolling office chair inside the St. Johns County Jail. Author: Logan Hill, Anchorage Daily News, "Is it OK to laugh at Florida Man?," 16 July 2019 There were no rogue wardrobe malfunctions, no broken garters, no inconvenient strap adjustments: the lingerie functioned as a supportive background for the women in it (or, at least, the dancers and models sold that appearance well). Raisa Bruner, Time, "Rihanna Keeps Reinventing the Lingerie Fashion Show with Savage X Fenty," 11 Sep. 2019 Bergmann says to look for straps that are seam-free to avoid blisters. Glamour, "The Absolute Most Comfortable Sandals, According to People Who Know," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The overturned vehicle that was sitting on its roof still had a baby strapped into a car seat inside. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Actor Danny Trejo saves a trapped baby from an overturned car," 7 Aug. 2019 Currently, Jennifer is surviving with the help of two black bags strapped across her chest, known as BiVADS. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Woman in Heart Failure, 24, Starts a Bucket List After Being Denied a Third Transplant," 12 Sep. 2019 Conley lay motionless on the turf and was strapped to a stretcher and loaded onto a cart for precautionary measures with 5:06 left in the third quarter. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Raiders CB Gareon Conley taken off field, Gruden says he should be OK," 9 Sep. 2019 It was designed for one fool at a time, strapped into an oversized car seat that shot down one side of a 31-foot wooden U shape and up the other. Emily Badger, New York Times, "A Nobel-Winning Economist Goes to Burning Man," 5 Sep. 2019 Being sealed up in a full pressure suit and strapped into an ejection seat for 11 hours is definitely not for everyone. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U-2 Is Such a Badass Plane," 4 Sep. 2019 Caldwell is just one of many parents ditching strollers and strapping their babies into carriers for the hands-free benefits. CBS News, "More parents working out and going to work with babies on board," 2 Sep. 2019 Russell was also high on the team’s use of TENDO units — which are strapped to a barbell during weight-training and help measure bar speed in meters per second. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "The delicate juggling act Ryan Russell handles in preparing Auburn for the season," 26 Aug. 2019 Their father was a rancher strapped for money while trading milk and beef cattle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Day in the life of a groom on the Del Mar backstretch," 24 Aug. 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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6 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for strap

The first known use of strap was in 1602

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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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