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Webster 1913 Edition


Strap

Strap

,
Noun.
[OE.
strope
, AS.
stropp
, L.
stroppus
,
struppus
, perhaps fr. Gr. [GREEK] a band or cord, fr. [GREEK] to twist, to turn (cf.
Strophe
). Cf.
Strop
a strap, a piece of rope.]
1.
A long, narrow, pliable strip of leather, cloth, or the like; specifically, a strip of thick leather used in flogging.
A lively cobbler that . . . had scarce passed a day without giving her [his wife] the discipline of the
strap
.
Addison.
2.
Something made of such a strip, or of a part of one, or a combination of two or more for a particular use;
as, a boot
strap
, shawl
strap
, stirrup
strap
.
3.
A piece of leather, or strip of wood covered with a suitable material, for sharpening a razor; a strop.
4.
A narrow strip of anything, as of iron or brass.
Specifically: –
(a)
(Carp. & Mach.)
A band, plate, or loop of metal for clasping and holding timbers or parts of a machine.
(b)
(Naut.)
A piece of rope or metal passing around a block and used for fastening it to anything.
5.
(Bot.)
(a)
The flat part of the corolla in ligulate florets, as those of the white circle in the daisy.
(b)
The leaf, exclusive of its sheath, in some grasses.
6.
A shoulder strap. See under
Shoulder
.
Strap bolt
,
a bolt of which one end is a flat bar of considerable length.
Strap head
(Mach.)
,
a journal box, or pair of brasses, secured to the end of a connecting rod by a strap. See Illust. of
Gib and key
, under
Gib
.
Strap hinge
,
a hinge with long flaps by which it is fastened, as to a door or wall.
Strap rail
(Railroads)
,
a flat rail formerly used.

Strap

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Strapped
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Strapping
.]
1.
To beat or chastise with a strap.
2.
To fasten or bind with a strap.
Cowper.
3.
To sharpen by rubbing on a strap, or strop;
as, to
strap
a razor
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Strap

STRAP

,
Noun.
[L. Strap and strop appear to be from stripping, and perhaps stripe also; all having resemblance to a strip of bark peeled from a tree.]
1.
A long narrow slip of cloth or lether, of various forms and for various uses; as the strap of a shoe or boot; straps for fastening trunks or other baggage, for stretching limbs in surgery, &c.
2.
In botany, the flat part of the corollet in ligulate florets; also, an appendage to the leaf in some grasses.

STRAP

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To beat or chastise with a strap.
2.
To fasten or bind with a strap.
3.
To rub on a strap for sharpening, as a razor.

Definition 2023


strap

strap

See also: S trap

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Noun

strap (plural straps)

  1. A long, narrow, pliable strip of leather, cloth, or the like.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 7, in The Dust of Conflict:
      The patter of feet, and clatter of strap and swivel, seemed to swell into a bewildering din, but they were almost upon the fielato offices, where the carretera entered the town, before a rifle flashed.
  2. A strip of thick leather used in flogging.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Addison:
      A lively cobbler that [] had scarce passed a day without giving her [his wife] the discipline of the strap.
  3. Something made of such a strip, or of a part of one, or a combination of two or more for a particular use.
  4. A piece of leather, or strip of wood covered with a suitable material, used to hone the sharpened edge of a razor; a strop.
  5. A narrow strip of anything, as of iron or brass.
    1. (carpentry, machinery) A band, plate, or loop of metal for clasping and holding timbers or parts of a machine.
    2. (nautical) A piece of rope or metal passing around a block and used for fastening it to anything.
  6. (botany) The flat part of the corolla in ligulate florets, as those of the white circle in the daisy.
  7. (botany) The leaf, exclusive of its sheath, in some grasses.
  8. A shoulder strap, see under shoulder.
  9. (slang) A gun, normally a personal firearm such as a pistol or machine pistol.

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strap (third-person singular simple present straps, present participle strapping, simple past and past participle strapped)

  1. (transitive) To beat or chastise with a strap; to whip, to lash.
  2. (transitive) To fasten or bind with a strap.
  3. (transitive) To sharpen by rubbing on a strap, or strop; as, to strap a razor.

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