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

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 Perhaps the most alluring is the Night Forest watch with dynamic blue and green dial segmented into four slices and a matching strap of both colors. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The officer who was searching him pulled the elastic front strap of Green's underwear forward and looked inside, the video showed. NBC News, 28 May 2021 The 59-year-old always wears a medical-grade mask outdoors and has a small bottle of hand sanitizer attached to the strap of her handbag. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2020 Multiple strap sizes are available, so anyone can find one that fits. Matthew Catellier, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Both new diver models are water-resistant for up to 300 meters and come with a variety of strap options. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 8 Dec. 2021 Powered by a Russian RD-180 first stage engine and five strap-on solid-propellant boosters, the Atlas 5 roared to life at 5:17 a.m. EST and vaulted away from pad 409 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station atop a brilliant jet of flaming exhaust. William Harwood, CBS News, 7 Dec. 2021 Broadwater speaks in quiet, measured tones, attired in a blue dress shirt, black slacks and double strap dress shoes, his thick gray hair pulled back in braids. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021 One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) Small clutch bags, no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bag options. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 3 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead, astronauts will strap in for the second Artemis flight, flying beyond the moon but not landing in 2024, a year later than planned. NBC News, 10 Nov. 2021 Instead, astronauts will strap in for the second Artemis flight, flying beyond the moon but not landing in 2024, a year later than planned. Time, 10 Nov. 2021 All six crew members will strap into a New Shepard capsule on December 9 at Blue Origin's launch site near remote Van Horn, Texas. William Harwood, CBS News, 23 Nov. 2021 Instead, astronauts will strap in for the second Artemis flight, flying beyond the moon but not landing in 2024, a year later than planned. NBC News, 10 Nov. 2021 Instead, astronauts will strap in for the second Artemis flight, flying beyond the moon but not landing in 2024, a year later than planned. Time, 10 Nov. 2021 Instead, astronauts will strap in for the second Artemis flight, flying beyond the moon but not landing in 2024, a year later than planned. Marcia Dunn, Chron, 9 Nov. 2021 Most of their London counterparts display no such discipline regarding public safety, ignoring en masse the requests of theater management to strap on masks while seated. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 Blue Origin has yet to announce ticket prices or when the public might strap into the spacious six-seat capsule, which reaches an altitude of about 65 miles, just beyond the edge of space. Maria Dunn, chicagotribune.com, 1 July 2021

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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

10 Jan 2022

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“Strap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strap. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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
: 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

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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