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[strap] /stræp/
a narrow strip of flexible material, especially leather, as for fastening or holding things together.
a looped band by which an item may be held, pulled, lifted, etc., as a bootstrap or a ring that standing passengers may hold on to in a bus, subway, or the like.
a strop for a razor.
a long, narrow object or piece of something; strip; band.
an ornamental strip or band.
Machinery. a shallow metal fitting surrounding and retaining other parts, as on the end of a rod.
Nautical, Machinery. strop (def 2).
verb (used with object), strapped, strapping.
to fasten or secure with a strap or straps.
to fasten (a thing) around something in the manner of a strap.
to sharpen on a strap or strop:
to strap a razor.
to beat or flog with a strap.
Origin of strap
1565-75; variant of strop
Related forms
strappable, adjective
straplike, adjective
restrap, verb (used with object), restrapped, restrapping.
understrap, noun
understrap, verb (used with object), understrapped, understrapping. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for strap
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  • His hands were feeble and numb, but he contrived to unfasten the strap.

    His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy
  • I defy you to discover a strap about me, and I left my Murray in the railway carriage.'

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • With a little cry she snatched at it and caught the strap on top.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • "But well for no one else, my idol," said Pepe, tugging away at the strap.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • Usually two pieces of strap iron about thirty inches long and an inch wide are employed for this purpose.

    Camp and Trail Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for strap


a long strip of leather or similar material, for binding trunks, baggage, or other objects
a strip of leather or similar material used for carrying, lifting, or holding
a loop of leather, rubber, etc, suspended from the roof in a bus or train for standing passengers to hold on to
a razor strop
(commerce) a triple option on a security or commodity consisting of one put option and two call options at the same price and for the same period Compare strip2 (sense 5)
(Irish, derogatory, slang) a shameless or promiscuous woman
the strap, a beating with a strap as a punishment
short for shoulder strap
(Austral, informal) hit one's straps, to achieve one's full potential or become fully effective
verb (transitive) straps, strapping, strapped
to tie or bind with a strap
to beat with a strap
to sharpen with a strap or strop
Word Origin
C16: variant of strop
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Word Origin and History for strap

1610s, from Scottish and/or nautical variant of strope "loop or strap on a harness" (mid-14c.), probably from Old French estrop "strap," from Latin stroppus "strap, band," perhaps from Etruscan, ultimately from Greek strophos "twisted band," from strephein "to turn" (see strophe). Old English stropp, Dutch strop "halter" also are borrowed from Latin.


"to fasten or secure with a strap," 1711, from strap (n.). Slang adjective strapped "short of money" is from 1857, from strap (n.) in a now-obsolete sense of "financial credit" (1828). Related: Strapped; strapping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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strap in Medicine

strap (strāp)
A strip or piece of adhesive plaster. v. strapped, strap·ping, straps
To support or bind a part, especially with overlapping strips of adhesive plaster.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for strap

strain at the leash

verb phrase

To be impatient or eager (1910+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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