|1.||Also called: stirrup iron either of two metal loops on a riding saddle, with a flat footpiece through which a rider puts his foot for support. They are attached to the saddle by stirrup leathers|
|2.||a U-shaped support or clamp made of metal, wood, leather, etc|
|3.||nautical one of a set of ropes fastened to a yard at one end and having a thimble at the other through which a footrope is rove for support|
|4.||the usual US name for étrier|
|[Old English stigrāp, from stīg path, step (related to Old High German stīgan to move up) + rāp|
stirrup stir·rup (stûr'əp, stĭr'-)
either of a pair of light frames hung from the saddle attached to the back of an animal-usually a horse or pony. Stirrups are used to support a rider's feet in riding and to aid in mounting. Stirrups probably originated in the Asian steppes about the 2nd century BC. They enormously increased the military value of the horse
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