- a ring with a flat bottom hung by a strap, usually on each side of a saddle and used as a footrest in mounting and riding
- any of various supports, clamps, etc. resembling or suggesting such a ring
- an apparatus attached to a chair or examining table, consisting of a pair of supports for the feet and enabling the knees to be raised and positioned well apart during a gynecological exam or procedure
- either of the foot supports
- Naut. a short rope hung from a yard for use in supporting a footrope
- the stapes, one of the three bones of the middle earalso stirrup bone
Origin of stirrupMiddle English stirop ; from Old English stigrap, akin to German stegreif: for Indo-European bases see stile and amp; rope
- A flat-based loop or ring hung from either side of a horse's saddle to support the rider's foot in mounting and riding; a stirrup iron.
- A part or device shaped like an inverted U in which something is supported, held, or fixed.
- A rope on a ship that hangs from a yard and has an eye at the end through which a footrope is passed for support.
- See stapes.
Origin of stirrupMiddle English stirope, from Old English st&imacron;gr&amacron;p : st&imacron;gan, to mount; see steigh- in Indo-European roots + r&amacron;p, rope.
top:stirrup on an English saddle
bottom:stirrup on a western saddle
- Referring to women's pants, a form of trousers commonly worn by women that includes a strap beneath the arch of the foot.