stirruplike

stirrup

[stur-uhp, stir-, stuhr-]
noun
1.
a loop, ring, or other contrivance of metal, wood, leather, etc., suspended from the saddle of a horse to support the rider's foot.
2.
any of various similar supports or clamps used for special purposes.
3.
Nautical. a short rope with an eye at the end hung from a yard to support a footrope, the footrope being rove through the eye.
4.
Also called binder. (in reinforced-concrete constructions) a U -shaped or W -shaped bent rod for supporting longitudinal reinforcing rods.
5.
Anatomy, stapes.
6.
a.
a strap of fabric or elastic at the bottom of a pair of pants, worn around and under the foot.
b.
stirrups, (used with a plural verb) close-fitting knit pants with such straps.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English stigrāp (stige ascent + rāp rope); cognate with German Stegreif

stirrupless, adjective
stirruplike, adjective
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stirrup (ˈstɪrəp)
 
n
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) + rāprope; related to Old Norse stigreip, Old High German stegareif]

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stirrup
O.E. stigrap, lit. "climbing rope," from stige "a climbing, ascent" (from P.Gmc. *stigaz "climbing;" see stair) + rap (see rope). Originally a looped rope as a help for mounting. Gmc. cognates include O.N. stigreip, O.H.G. stegareif, Ger. stegreif.
Surgical device used in childbirth, etc., so called from 1884. Stirrup-cup (1681) was a cup of wine or other drink handed to a man already on horseback and setting out on a journey, hence "a parting glass" (cf. Fr. le vin de l'etrier).
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stirrup stir·rup (stûr'əp, stĭr'-)
n.
See stapes.

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