Definition of strut in English:

strut

noun

  • 1A rod or bar forming part of a framework and designed to resist compression.

    ‘a supporting strut’
    ‘a spindly framework of long, slender struts, girders, and bracing wire’
    • ‘Outside, the wave shapes are secured from coastal winds by steel struts, a reference to masts.’
    • ‘He allowed himself to slide to the side of the ship and catch a piece of the landing strut.’
    • ‘Each wheel was carried in a fork formed by a pair of hydraulic shock absorber struts.’
    • ‘First, let's discuss cars that use a strut front suspension with a top stud mount.’
    • ‘The steel strut is a fabricated plate box girder weighing 800 lb/ft.’
    • ‘I countered with power as the nose gear landing strut extended.’
    • ‘Hinged struts connect transporter beams, much like a train.’
    • ‘Without adding much weight to a structure, struts allow it to resist bending and buckling.’
    • ‘I laughed as the landing struts slowly eased off the ground.’
    • ‘The struts of the high girders, which plunge down from the top like the tracks of a rollercoaster, are not absolutely straight.’
    • ‘His cars would be constructed on a lightweight steel backbone with independent strut suspension all-round.’
    • ‘My hand was resting on a curved metal strut that could have been the edge of a hold.’
    • ‘Mr BW has put a sheet of wood underneath him to spread the load across the metal frame struts.’
    • ‘All you have to do is take the hammer strut off your old hammer and put it on the new one.’
    • ‘I cannot conceive that the connector strut would be positioned out of the common cylindrical surface.’
    • ‘Vertical struts are joined to both the joists and rafters.’
    • ‘A horizontal V-shaped strut overhangs the old balustrade, suspended from a series of steel bowstring arches.’
    • ‘Mazda also added a strut tower bar to help stiffen up the chassis.’
    • ‘Two wide wing bracing struts were built from steel tube and balsa wood and fabric covered.’
    • ‘In the air, its high wing and lack of wing struts gave occupants exceptional visibility.’
    rod, pole, stake, stick, batten, shaft, shank, rail, pale, paling, spar, strut, support, prop, spoke, crosspiece, girder, beam, boom
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  • 2[in singular] A stiff, erect, and apparently arrogant or conceited gait.

    ‘that old confident strut and swagger has returned’
    • ‘True, Townsend's famous leaps across stage are more of a strut after 35 years, but the old windmill chords are still there.’
    • ‘Her run had slowed into a cocky strut.’
    • ‘Juan has that arrogant and elegant strut about him when he plays which all world-class players have.’
    • ‘Within seconds it stutters its way into a samba breakdown and reggae strut before galloping to a repeat.’
    • ‘English - or, to be more accurate, American - is the one and only language of rock 'n' roll's strut and swagger.’
    • ‘No one had his look, his air of total confidence and that cocky strut.’
    • ‘He walked along with the confident strut that many athletes have.’
    • ‘In a way, I had been in love with him since the moment I saw him on the dock, walking towards us with that confidant strut.’
    • ‘He restored the city's confidence in local government, and this put a strut in the city's step.’

verb

  • 1[no object, with adverbial] Walk with a stiff, erect, and apparently arrogant or conceited gait.

    ‘peacocks strut through the grounds’
    ‘she strutted down the catwalk’
    • ‘Without another word he rose from the ground and strutted out of the room leaving her to think of the words he had just said.’
    • ‘Jaelyn whispered in Brooke's ear as Hugh walked, no, strutted into the room.’
    • ‘If the studs strutted around exposing their biceps, women simply walked away with the honours.’
    • ‘Russ waddled in a feeble stride as the daughter strutted with a youthful arrogance.’
    • ‘They prance and strut in front of the mirrors, as if their fairy godmother has waved her wand and said: ‘You shall go to the ball!’’
    • ‘A noisy courtship begins in earnest in November, with squawking, prancing, and strutting.’
    • ‘The arrogance is masterful as Hicks struts, peacock like, around the stage, posing and displaying his wounded body.’
    • ‘Watching him strut confidently through the role is a joy.’
    • ‘Another guy walked in, strutting towards the group.’
    • ‘She struts peacock-like from one side of the stage to the other, gripping the pole like a chair-lift banister.’
    • ‘They go against armed forces numbering 120,000, armed with AK 47s and strutting with pride and arrogance.’
    • ‘She normally sat at the opposite end of the room, but had strutted over, sashaying her hips to talk with him.’
    • ‘At Prestonfield you watch peacocks strut around manicured lawns before retiring to amazing stuccoed rooms.’
    • ‘He struts with imperial stride to the wharf and down center stage.’
    • ‘For the finale, fishy similarities of Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott strut and prance, while the real-life divas sing through the closing credits.’
    • ‘Archer does tend to strut around rather arrogantly, and on this occasion his behaviour was inappropriate.’
    • ‘He bowed and walked off briskly through the ticket barriers, strutting like some sort of peacock.’
    • ‘However in my opinion he is nothing but an over glorified peacock the way he struts around the school like he owns it.’
    • ‘After basic training, the two had strutted like peacocks before family and friends.’
    • ‘Peacocks strutted about the vast hall, displaying fine plumage and lustrous silks to everyone in the room.’
    swagger, swank, parade, prance, flounce, stride, sweep
    walk confidently, walk arrogantly
    sashay
    peacock
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  • 2[with object] Brace (something) with a strut or struts.

    ‘the holes were close-boarded and strutted’

Phrases

  • strut one's stuff

    • informal Dance or behave in a confident and expressive way.

      ‘tonight you'll be strutting your funky stuff on the dance floor’
      ‘next season he'll be strutting his stuff in Europe’
      • ‘They can be found strutting their stuff in the Community Centre on Monday nights at 8.30 pm.’
      • ‘And the Swindon-born marketing co-ordinator is now confident that she is one step closer to strutting her stuff on the catwalk.’
      • ‘Elsewhere the Bratton School Dance Club strutted their stuff with Olympic and English numbers.’
      • ‘In 1985, aged 20, she met her future husband while strutting her stuff on the dance floor and they were married four years later.’
      • ‘It's a light-hearted beginning to the season, offering a chance for students to strut their stuff in a play that's pure fun.’
      • ‘The trendy teens won't be the only ones strutting their stuff on the streets of Ballina during the Shopping Festival.’
      • ‘Stuff yourself while live dancers strut their stuff to Brazillian rhythms.’
      • ‘He looked the opposite way and witnessed groups of men and women at the dance stage, strutting their stuff.’
      • ‘Rap music reigned in the background, and others were on the dance floor, strutting their stuff.’
      • ‘Badminton takes centre-stage on Friday nights with children on court from 7.30 to 9pm and adults strutting their stuff between 9 and 11 pm.’

Origin

Old English strūtian ‘protrude stiffly’, of Germanic origin. Current senses date from the late 16th century.

Pronunciation:

strut

/strʌt/