Stirrup definition

stûrəp, stĭr-
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(naut.) A short rope hung from a yard for use in supporting a footrope.
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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.
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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.
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A part or device shaped like an inverted U in which something is supported, held, or fixed.
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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.
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Any of various supports, clamps, etc. resembling or suggesting such a ring.
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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.
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A part or device shaped like an inverted U in which something is supported, held, or fixed.
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The stapes, one of the three bones of the middle ear.
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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.
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Either of the foot supports.
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A foot rest used by horse-riders.
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(anatomy) A stapes.
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Any piece shaped like the stirrup of a saddle, used as a support, clamp, etc.
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(nautical) A rope secured to a yard, with a thimble in its lower end for supporting a footrope.

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Referring to women's pants, a form of trousers commonly worn by women that includes a strap beneath the arch of the foot.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
stirrup
Plural:
stirrups

Origin of stirrup

  • Middle English stirope from Old English stīgrāp stīgan to mount steigh- in Indo-European roots rāp rope

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English stirop, stirope, from Old English stiÄ¡rāp (“stirrup"), a compound of stiÄ¡e ("ascent, descent, a going up or down"; related to stÄ«Ä¡an (“to climb")) and rāp (“rope"), equivalent to sty +"Ž rope.

    From Wiktionary