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stirrup

[ stur-uhp, stir-, stuhr- ]
/ ˈstɜr əp, ˈstɪr-, ˈstʌr- /
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noun

a loop, ring, or other contrivance of metal, wood, leather, etc., suspended from the saddle of a horse to support the rider's foot.
any of various similar supports or clamps used for special purposes.
Nautical. a short rope with an eye at the end hung from a yard to support a footrope, the footrope being rove through the eye.
Also called binder. (in reinforced-concrete constructions) a U-shaped or W-shaped bent rod for supporting longitudinal reinforcing rods.
Anatomy. stapes.
  1. a strap of fabric or elastic at the bottom of a pair of pants, worn around and under the foot.
  2. stirrups, (used with a plural verb) close-fitting knit pants with such straps.

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Origin of stirrup

before 1000; Middle English; Old English stigrāp (stige ascent + rāprope); cognate with German Stegreif
stir·rup·less, adjectivestir·rup·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stirrup

stirrup
/ (ˈstɪrəp) /

noun

Also called: stirrup iron either of two metal loops on a riding saddle, with a flat footpiece through which a rider puts his foot for support. They are attached to the saddle by stirrup leathers
a U-shaped support or clamp made of metal, wood, leather, etc
nautical one of a set of ropes fastened to a yard at one end and having a thimble at the other through which a footrope is rove for support
the usual US name for étrier
Old English stigrāp, from stīg path, step (related to Old High German stīgan to move up) + rāp rope; related to Old Norse stigreip, Old High German stegareif
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Medical definitions for stirrup

stirrup
[ stûrəp, stĭr- ]

n.

stapes
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