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.

1565–75; variant of strop

strappable, adjective
straplike, adjective
restrap, verb (used with object), restrapped, restrapping.
understrap, noun
understrap, verb (used with object), understrapped, understrapping.
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strap (stræp)
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 Compare strip 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
6.  derogatory, slang (Irish) a shameless or promiscuous woman
7.  the strap a beating with a strap as a punishment
8.  short for shoulder strap
9.  informal (Austral) hit one's straps to achieve one's full potential or become fully effective
vb , 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
[C16: variant of strop]

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Word Origin & History

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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Medical Dictionary

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.

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