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  1. a narrow strip of flexible material, especially leather, as for fastening or holding things together.
  2. 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.
  3. a strop for a razor.
  4. a long, narrow object or piece of something; strip; band.
  5. an ornamental strip or band.
  6. shoulder strap.
  7. watchband.
  8. Machinery. a shallow metal fitting surrounding and retaining other parts, as on the end of a rod.
  9. Nautical, Machinery. strop(def 2).
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verb (used with object), strapped, strap·ping.
  1. to fasten or secure with a strap or straps.
  2. to fasten (a thing) around something in the manner of a strap.
  3. to sharpen on a strap or strop: to strap a razor.
  4. to beat or flog with a strap.
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Origin of strap

First recorded in 1565–75; variant of strop
Related formsstrap·pa·ble, adjectivestrap·like, adjectivere·strap, verb (used with object), re·strapped, re·strap·ping.un·der·strap, nounun·der·strap, verb (used with object), un·der·strapped, un·der·strap·ping.
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  • I don't know why, unless because of his one suspender, and then it ought to be Strap.

    Gloria and Treeless Street

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • His wrist had caught in the strap handle of the trunk, and his shoulder was dislocated.

  • “Sure,” he replied, dragging forth a bunch of metal discs on a strap.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Murphy fumbled with the strap, playing desperately for time.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • A groove should be cut in the surface of the eccentric, so that this strap will not slip off.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

British Dictionary definitions for strap


  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 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 periodCompare strip 2 (def. 5)
  6. Irish derogatory, slang a shameless or promiscuous woman
  7. the strap a beating with a strap as a punishment
  8. short for shoulder strap
  9. hit one's straps Australian informal to achieve one's full potential or become fully effective
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verb straps, strapping or strapped (tr)
  1. to tie or bind with a strap
  2. to beat with a strap
  3. to sharpen with a strap or strop
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Word Origin

C16: variant of strop
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Word Origin and History for strap


1610s, from Scottish and/or nautical variant of strope "loop or strap on a harness" (mid-14c.), probably from Old French estrop "strap," from Latin stroppus "strap, band," perhaps from Etruscan, ultimately from Greek strophos "twisted band," from strephein "to turn" (see strophe). Old English stropp, Dutch strop "halter" also are borrowed from Latin.

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"to fasten or secure with a strap," 1711, from strap (n.). Slang adjective strapped "short of money" is from 1857, from strap (n.) in a now-obsolete sense of "financial credit" (1828). Related: Strapped; strapping.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

strap in Medicine


  1. A strip or piece of adhesive plaster.
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  1. To support or bind a part, especially with overlapping strips of adhesive plaster.
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