strap

Definitions

  • 1 Lapped and Strapped
    1 Lapped and Strapped
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v strap secure (a sprained joint) with a strap
    • v strap sharpen with a strap "strap a razor"
    • v strap tie with a strap
    • v strap beat severely with a whip or rod "The teacher often flogged the students","The children were severely trounced"
    • n strap whip consisting of a strip of leather used in flogging
    • n strap an elongated leather strip (or a strip of similar material) for binding things together or holding something in position
    • n strap a band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag
    • n strap hanger consisting of a loop of leather suspended from the ceiling of a bus or train; passengers hold onto it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In L.A., U.S.A., a man may legally beat his wife with a leather strap, as long as it is less than 2 inches wide
    • Strap A band, plate, or loop of metal for clasping and holding timbers or parts of a machine.
    • Strap A long, narrow, pliable strip of leather, cloth, or the like; specifically, a strip of thick leather used in flogging. "A lively cobbler that . . . had scarce passed a day without giving her [his wife] the discipline of the strap ."
    • Strap A narrow strip of anything, as of iron or brass.
    • Strap A piece of leather, or strip of wood covered with a suitable material, for sharpening a razor; a strop.
    • Strap A piece of rope or metal passing around a block and used for fastening it to anything.
    • Strap A shoulder strap. See under Shoulder.
    • Strap Something made of such a strip, or of a part of one, or a combination of two or more for a particular use; as, a boot strap, shawl strap, stirrup strap .
    • Strap (Bot) The flat part of the corolla in ligulate florets, as those of the white circle in the daisy.
    • Strap (Bot) The leaf, exclusive of its sheath, in some grasses.
    • Strap To beat or chastise with a strap.
    • Strap To fasten or bind with a strap.
    • Strap To sharpen by rubbing on a strap, or strop; as, to strap a razor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During World War II, Russians used dogs strapped with explosives to blow up German tanks. They trained the dogs to associate the tanks with food and ended up destroying about 25 German tanks using this method
    • n strap A narrow strip of leather or other flexible material, generally used for some mechanical purpose, as to surround and hold together, or to retain in place. , In ordinary use straps are most frequently of leather, and are often used with one or more buckles, or a buckle and slide, allowing of a more or less close adjustment of the strap. See cut under shot-pouch. Speciflcally— Nautical: A piece of rope with the ends spliced together, used for attaching a tackle to anything or for slinging any weight to be lifted.
    • n strap A long and narrow piece of thin iron or other metal used to hold different parts together, as of a frame or the sides of a box; a leaf of a hinge; in carpentry, an iron plate for connecting two or more timbers, to which it is bolted or screwed.
    • n strap In botany, the ligule in florets of Compositæ (see ligule); also, in some grasses, the leaf exclusive of its sheath.
    • n strap A string.
    • n strap Credit; originally, credit for drink.
    • n strap In a vehicle: A plate on the upper side of the tongue and resting upon the doubletree, to aid in holding the wagou-hammer.
    • n strap A clip, such as that which holds a spring to the spring-bar or to the axle.
    • n strap The stirrupshaped piece of a clevis.
    • n strap A strap-oyster.
    • strap To fasten or bind with a strap: especially in the sense of compressing and holding very closely: often with up or down.
    • strap To beat or chastise with a strap.
    • strap To sharpen with a strap; strop, as a razor.
    • strap To hang.
    • n strap In machinery: The narrow band which surrounds the disk of a steam-engine eccentric and forms the bearing-surface for the eccentric-rod. It is usually separate from the latter and bolted to it, generally in two parts to permit adjustment for wear.
    • n strap An enveloping band of steel, somewhat U-shaped, which passes around the outside of the brasses at the ends of a steam-engine connecting-rod, and, by means of bolts, wedges, and gib and key, makes a solid unit of the connecting-rod end or stub, while providing for easy adjustment or renewal as wear occurs upon the bearings on the pins.
    • n strap In iron ship-building, a narrow-strip of plate or a bar with a wide flange used to unite two parts to each of which the strap is riveted. See also butt-strap and seam-strap.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Los Angelos, California it is legal for a man to beat his wife with a leather strap as long as it is less than two inches in width, or she gives him permission to use a wider strap.
    • n Strap strap a narrow strip of cloth or leather: a razor-strop: an iron plate secured by screw-bolts, for connecting two or more timbers: :
    • v.t Strap to beat or bind with a strap: to strop, as a razor:
    • adj Strap tall, handsome
    • n Strap strap (naut.) a piece of rope formed into a circle, used to retain a block in its position
    • n Strap strap (slang) credit, esp. for liquor
    • v.t Strap (Scot.) to hang:—pr.p. strap′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. strapped
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Quotations

  • Jesse Jackson
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    “A check or credit card, a Gucci bag strap, anything of value will do. Give as you live.”

Idioms

Strapped for cash - If you're strapped for cash, you are short of money.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. strope, AS. stropp, L. stroppus, struppus, perhaps fr. Gr. a band or cord, fr. to twist, to turn (cf. Strophe). Cf. Strop a strap, a piece of rope

Usage

In literature:

Morey and the others joined Arcot in the control room and strapped themselves into the cushioned seats.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
Strong followed the professor and Hawks aboard and strapped himself into an acceleration chair.
"On the Trail of the Space Pirates" by Carey Rockwell
These vials I will carry strapped under my armpits.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
I tell you, Captain, that those two that galloped off had a sword apiece strapped to their saddles.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Its outer appearance was that of a neat modern woman's handbag with a shoulder strap.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
I did so, and reached my arms up to the straps.
"The Ape, the Idiot & Other People" by W. C. Morrow
I was glad to get that money as I was about strapped.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
In vain he pulled and tugged at the straps.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
Richard Darrell twisted his feet out of his snow-shoe straps.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
These straps were really quite curious.
"Rollo in Switzerland" by Jacob Abbott
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In poetry:

First be sure you're right, boys,
Then with courage strong
Strap your determinations
And move right along.
"A Chat With the Boys" by Frank Barbour Coffin
I wondered if my packing-straps were tight,
And wondered why I wondered……Sound
went wild………
and order came…… I ran into the night,
wondering why I smiled.
"Before Action" by Leon Gellert
Oh, how sad it was, the satin of her dress,
Her breast was very white, among the straps black fair!
How sorry I was then to see her eyes distressed,
Her hands in snowy gloves, resigned as to a prayer!
"After the Concert" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
Hold thi din! or aw'll gie thi a taste o' that strap!
Tha maks it noa better wi' yellin like that!
Come, whisht nah,--'twor nobbut a little mishap;--
Nah, whisht,--an tha'll see ha we'll leather yond cat.
"Come Thi Ways In" by John Hartley
Watchers, he died in harness—died in the shafts and straps—
Fell, and the burden killed him: one of the day's mishaps—
One of the passing wonders marking the city road—
A toiler dying in harness, heedless of call or goad.
"Dying In Harness" by John Boyle O Reilly
I 'ear they tied Spike up with 'arness straps
An' bits uv 'ay-band, till the John 'Ops come;
An' watched 'im workin' out a mental sum -
Free an' some chaps -
Uv 'ow much time 'e'd git fer this last plot
An' other jobs. The answer was, a lot.
"Spike Wegg" by C J Dennis

In news:

The Harper government's novel and controversial plan to fund its cash-strapped fisheries department betrays the spirit of B.C.
There are a number of proposals to put the cash-strapped Postal Service on firmer financial ground.
Cramped , cash-strapped Corcoran Gallery: To flee or not to flee.
Thrill-seekers looking for an adventure this summer may not be as quick to strap on the harness and go down a zip line after hearing about a Georgia woman's tragic accident.
Illustration Strapped to Obamacare by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times more.
The object strapped to the woman's body was not an actual explosive, the Sheriff's Department says.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel rebuffed Friday a call by the International Monetary Fund to give cash-strapped Greece more time to clean up its state finances.
Cash-strapped California schools court film and TV crews as part of a scramble to recover lost revenue.
Major League Baseball tossed the financially flagging Mets a $25 million lifeline late last year in a bid to shore up the cash-strapped team as it faces claims from Bernard Madoff victims, sources told The Post.
Strapped over your underwear, the heavy duty vinyl bag is large enough to carry a fifth of alcohol.
She was out of her Lower East Side apartment by 7:30, strapped on her helmet and began the bike ride downtown, stopping in Chinatown for red bean buns.
HOW TO WEAR IT Diane Kruger punched up a little white dress with a chain strap bag worn messenger style—follow her lead and a similar bag can be as decorative as a necklace.
The financially strapped National Park Service can no longer afford the park's upkeep, and a controversial bill aimed at privatizing it has emerged in Congress.
100% cotton with adjustable Velcro strap.
It may look like she's strapping herself in for a trip to space, but Carol Lennon is actually getting ready to go to sleep.
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In science:

Futhermore the set of all the terms in Tλ⊂µ (u) forms ‘Bethe-strap’ structure, which bears a resemblance to a weight space diagram.
Analytic Bethe ansatz and functional equations associated with any simple root systems of the Lie superalgebra sl(r+1|s+1)
The results in the latter two sections work in form of a boot-strap, starting with a Lifshitz tail bound under strong additional assumptions which are then relaxed.
Understanding the Random Displacement Model: From Ground-State Properties to Localization
To apply a large number of pulses without scrambling the sensor NV spin state, the control pulses are carefully calibrated to within 2% using a boot-strap tomography scheme .
Nanoscale magnetic imaging of a single electron spin under ambient conditions
The absorber is connected to a cold reservoir at temperature Tbath by a thermal strap of heat conductance G. A fluctuation in the intensity of the celestial radiation warms the absorber slightly.
The Cosmic Microwave Background for Pedestrians: A Review for Particle and Nuclear Physicists
The second (bootHence, if g is twice continuously differentiable in the neighborhood of τ , a limited strap) part of (C3) follows from the same reasoning.
An asymptotic total variation test for copulas
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