- The definition of a strap is something used to carry, bind, fasten or connect.
An example of a strap is a narrow piece of leather to carry a purse over the shoulder; a shoulder strap.
- Strap is defined as to fasten or connect.
An example of strap is to buckle a seat belt.
- a narrow strip or band of leather or other flexible material, often with a buckle or similar fastener at one end, for binding or securing things
- any flat, narrow piece, as of metal, used as a fastening
- any of several straplike parts or things, as a shoulder strap, a loop for pulling on boots, a razor strop, etc.
Origin of strapdialect, dialectal form of strop
- a. A long narrow strip of pliant material such as leather.b. Such a strip equipped with a buckle or similar fastener for binding or securing objects.
- A thin flat metal or plastic band used for fastening or clamping objects together or into position.
- A narrow band formed into a loop for grasping with the hand.
- A razor strop.
- A strip of leather used in flogging.
transitive verbstrapped strapped, strap·ping, straps
- To fasten or secure with a strap.
- To beat with a strap.
- To sharpen (a razor, for example).
Origin of strapAlteration of strop.
- A long, narrow, pliable strip of leather, cloth, or the like.
- A strip of thick leather used in flogging.
- Something made of such a strip, or of a part of one, or a combination of two or more for a particular use.
- A piece of leather, or strip of wood covered with a suitable material, used to hone the sharpened edge of a razor; a strop.
- A narrow strip of anything, as of iron or brass.
- (carpentry, machinery) A band, plate, or loop of metal for clasping and holding timbers or parts of a machine.
- (nautical) A piece of rope or metal passing around a block and used for fastening it to anything.
- (botany) The flat part of the corolla in ligulate florets, as those of the white circle in the daisy.
- (botany) The leaf, exclusive of its sheath, in some grasses.
- A shoulder strap, see under shoulder.
- (slang) A gun, normally a personal firearm such as a pistol or machine pistol.
(third-person singular simple present straps, present participle strapping, simple past and past participle strapped)
- parts, prats, sprat, tarps, traps
From a variant of earlier strope (“loop on a harness”), from Middle English strope, stropp, from Old English strop, stropp (“a band, thong, strap; oar-thong”), from Latin stroppus, struppus (“strap”), from Ancient Greek στρόφος (strophos, “rope”), from στρέφω (strephō, “to twist”). Cognate with Scots strap, strop (“strap, band, thong”), Dutch strop (“noose, strop, loop”), Low German Strop (“strap”), German Struppe, Strüppe, Strippe (“string, cord”), Danish strop (“strap”), Swedish stropp (“strap, loop”).