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strapping1

[strap-ing] /ˈstræp ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
powerfully built; robust.
2.
large; whopping.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; strap + -ing2

strapping2

[strap-ing] /ˈstræp ɪŋ/
noun
1.
straps collectively.
2.
material used to make a strap or straps:
manufacturers of plastic strapping.
Origin
1800-10; strap + -ing1

strap

[strap] /stræp/
noun
1.
a narrow strip of flexible material, especially leather, as for fastening or holding things together.
2.
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.
3.
a strop for a razor.
4.
a long, narrow object or piece of something; strip; band.
5.
an ornamental strip or band.
7.
8.
Machinery. a shallow metal fitting surrounding and retaining other parts, as on the end of a rod.
9.
Nautical, Machinery, strop (def 2).
verb (used with object), strapped, strapping.
10.
to fasten or secure with a strap or straps.
11.
to fasten (a thing) around something in the manner of a strap.
12.
to sharpen on a strap or strop:
to strap a razor.
13.
to beat or flog with a strap.
Origin
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.
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Examples for strapping
  • The characters are not cuddly or cute, but steely, strapping and genderless.
  • Commercially available strapping kits make this a relatively easy process.
  • The wire mesh was supported by the sandbags by tying plastic strapping around the sandbags to the wire mesh.
  • Before climbing, the beginner should practice strapping off on the ground.
British Dictionary definitions for strapping

strapping

/ˈstræpɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) tall and sturdy
Word Origin
C17: from strap (in the archaic sense: to work vigorously)

strap

/stræp/
noun
1.
a long strip of leather or similar material, for binding trunks, baggage, or other objects
2.
a strip of leather or similar material used for carrying, lifting, or holding
3.
a loop of leather, rubber, etc, suspended from the roof in a bus or train for standing passengers to hold on to
4.
a razor strop
5.
(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)
6.
(Irish, derogatory, slang) a shameless or promiscuous woman
7.
the strap, a beating with a strap as a punishment
8.
short for shoulder strap
9.
(Austral, informal) hit one's straps, to achieve one's full potential or become fully effective
verb (transitive) straps, strapping, strapped
10.
to tie or bind with a strap
11.
to beat with a strap
12.
to sharpen with a strap or strop
Word Origin
C16: variant of strop
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Word Origin and History for strapping
strap
1620, from Scottish and/or nautical variant of strope "loop or strap on a harness" (1357), probably from O.Fr. estrop "strap," from L. stroppus "strap, band," perhaps from Etruscan, ultimately from Gk. strophos "twisted band," from strephein "to turn" (see strophe). O.E. stropp, Du. strop "halter" also are borrowed from Latin. Slang adj. strapped "short of money" is from 1857, from strap in a now-obsolete sense of "financial credit" (1828). Strapping (adj.) "tall and sturdy," originally applied to women, is from 1657 (cf. whopping, spanking). Straphanger "bus- or subway-rider" first recorded 1905. The verb meaning "to fasten or secure with a strap" is recorded from 1711. Strapless is 1846, of trousers, 1935, of brassieres.
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strapping in Medicine

strap (strāp)
n.
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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for strapping

strap

noun
  1. A student interested primarily in sports; jock (1970s+ Students)
  2. A condom; rubber (1990s+)

[first sense fr jockstrap, ''athletic supporter'']


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