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stirrup

[ stur-uhp, stir-, stuhr- ]
/ ˈstɜr əp, ˈstɪr-, ˈstʌr- /
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Definition of stirrup

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

OTHER WORDS FROM stirrup

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

Word Origin for stirrup

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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