An example of strap is to buckle a seat belt.
An example of a strap is a narrow piece of leather to carry a purse over the shoulder; a shoulder strap.
- (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.
Other Word Forms
Origin of strap
- Alteration of strop
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").