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strut1

[struht] /strʌt/
verb (used without object), strutted, strutting.
1.
to walk with a vain, pompous bearing, as with head erect and chest thrown out, as if expecting to impress observers.
noun
2.
the act of strutting.
3.
a strutting walk or gait.
Idioms
4.
strut one's stuff, to dress, behave, perform, etc., one's best in order to impress others; show off.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English strouten to protrude stiffly, swell, bluster, Old English strūtian to struggle, derivative of *strūt (whence Middle English strut strife)
Related forms
strutter, noun
Synonyms
1. parade, flourish. Strut and swagger refer especially to carriage in walking. Strut implies swelling pride or pompousness; to strut is to walk with a stiff, pompous, seemingly affected or self-conscious gait: A turkey struts about the barnyard. Swagger implies a domineering, sometimes jaunty, superiority or challenge, and a self-important manner: to swagger down the street.

strut2

[struht] /strʌt/
noun
1.
any of various structural members, as in trusses, primarily intended to resist longitudinal compression.
verb (used with object), strutted, strutting.
2.
to brace or support by means of a strut or struts.
Origin
1565-75; obscurely akin to strut1
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  • Theoretical walker struts its energy-efficient stuff.
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  • The bridge design features a series of connecting struts that hold together two spiraling steel members.
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  • So it seems odd, as the government faces a new wave of violence and instability, that it wants to kick away the struts.
  • Looking at a chair, his hands would be all over the rails and the struts.
  • First, a rigid wing is necessarily heavier than a flexible one, because of the struts required to stiffen it.
  • Larger species had slender struts inside hollow wing bones, adding strength without many additional pounds.
  • The single tower's legs will be linked by struts intended to crumple, absorbing the shock.
  • And that last guy isn't too welcome when he struts through the door.
British Dictionary definitions for struts

strut

/strʌt/
verb struts, strutting, strutted
1.
(intransitive) to walk in a pompous manner; swagger
2.
(transitive) to support or provide with struts
3.
(informal) strut one's stuff, to behave or perform in a proud and confident manner; show off
noun
4.
a structural member used mainly in compression, esp as part of a framework
5.
an affected, proud, or stiff walk
Derived Forms
strutter, noun
strutting, adjective
struttingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14 strouten (in the sense: swell, stand out; C16: to walk stiffly), from Old English strūtian to stand stiffly; related to Low German strutt stiff
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Word Origin and History for struts

strut

v.

"walk in a vain, important manner," Old English strutian "to stand out stiffly," from Proto-Germanic *strut- (cf. Danish strutte, German strotzen "to be puffed up, be swelled," German Strauß "fight"), from PIE root *ster- "strong, firm, stiff, rigid" (see sterile). Originally of the air or the attitude; modern sense, focused on the walk, first recorded 1510s. Cognate with Old English ðrutung "anger, arrogance" (see throat). To strut (one's) stuff is black slang, first recorded 1926, from strut as the name of a dance popular from c.1900.

n.

"supporting brace," 1580s, perhaps from strut (v.), or a cognate word in Old Norse or Low German (cf. Low German strutt "rigid"); ultimately from Proto-Germanic *strutoz-, from root *strut- (see strut (v.)).

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