WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
strap /stræp/USA pronunciation
n., v., strapped, strap•ping. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
v. [~ + object]
- a narrow strip of material, esp. leather, used for holding things together:a shoulder strap for my suitcases.
- a looped band by which an item may be held, pulled, or lifted.
- to secure, put in place, or fasten with a strap:He strapped his snowshoes on.
- to beat or whip with a strap.
strap (strap),USA pronunciation
n., v., strapped, strap•ping.
- a narrow strip of flexible material, esp. 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;
- an ornamental strip or band.
- ClothingSee shoulder strap.
- Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]a shallow metal fitting surrounding and retaining other parts, as on the end of a rod. See diag. under exploded view.
- Mechanical Engineering, Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut., Mach.]strop (def. 2).
- 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.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
strap /stræp/ n
vb (straps, strapping, strapped)(transitive)
- 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
- 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
- Irish derogatory slang a shameless or promiscuous woman
- the strap ⇒ a beating with a strap as a punishment
- short for shoulder strap
- hit one's straps ⇒ Austral informal to achieve one's full potential or become fully effective
Etymology: 16th Century: variant of strop
- to tie or bind with a strap
- to beat with a strap
- to sharpen with a strap or strop
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