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’
    • ‘Each wheel was carried in a fork formed by a pair of hydraulic shock absorber struts.’
    • ‘Mazda also added a strut tower bar to help stiffen up the chassis.’
    • ‘Without adding much weight to a structure, struts allow it to resist bending and buckling.’
    • ‘A horizontal V-shaped strut overhangs the old balustrade, suspended from a series of steel bowstring arches.’
    • ‘Outside, the wave shapes are secured from coastal winds by steel struts, a reference to masts.’
    • ‘Mr BW has put a sheet of wood underneath him to spread the load across the metal frame struts.’
    • ‘In the air, its high wing and lack of wing struts gave occupants exceptional visibility.’
    • ‘He allowed himself to slide to the side of the ship and catch a piece of the landing strut.’
    • ‘I countered with power as the nose gear landing strut extended.’
    • ‘I cannot conceive that the connector strut would be positioned out of the common cylindrical surface.’
    • ‘First, let's discuss cars that use a strut front suspension with a top stud mount.’
    • ‘All you have to do is take the hammer strut off your old hammer and put it on the new one.’
    • ‘I laughed as the landing struts slowly eased off the ground.’
    • ‘Vertical struts are joined to both the joists and rafters.’
    • ‘The steel strut is a fabricated plate box girder weighing 800 lb/ft.’
    • ‘The struts of the high girders, which plunge down from the top like the tracks of a rollercoaster, are not absolutely straight.’
    • ‘My hand was resting on a curved metal strut that could have been the edge of a hold.’
    • ‘His cars would be constructed on a lightweight steel backbone with independent strut suspension all-round.’
    • ‘Two wide wing bracing struts were built from steel tube and balsa wood and fabric covered.’
    • ‘Hinged struts connect transporter beams, much like a train.’
    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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her run had slowed into a cocky strut.’
    • ‘English - or, to be more accurate, American - is the one and only language of rock 'n' roll's strut and swagger.’
    • ‘Within seconds it stutters its way into a samba breakdown and reggae strut before galloping to a repeat.’
    • ‘He walked along with the confident strut that many athletes have.’
    • ‘Juan has that arrogant and elegant strut about him when he plays which all world-class players have.’
    • ‘He restored the city's confidence in local government, and this put a strut in the city's step.’
    • ‘No one had his look, his air of total confidence and that cocky strut.’

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’
    • ‘He struts with imperial stride to the wharf and down center stage.’
    • ‘She struts peacock-like from one side of the stage to the other, gripping the pole like a chair-lift banister.’
    • ‘Watching him strut confidently through the role is a joy.’
    • ‘If the studs strutted around exposing their biceps, women simply walked away with the honours.’
    • ‘They go against armed forces numbering 120,000, armed with AK 47s and strutting with pride and arrogance.’
    • ‘However in my opinion he is nothing but an over glorified peacock the way he struts around the school like he owns it.’
    • ‘A noisy courtship begins in earnest in November, with squawking, prancing, and strutting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’’
    • ‘He bowed and walked off briskly through the ticket barriers, strutting like some sort of peacock.’
    • ‘At Prestonfield you watch peacocks strut around manicured lawns before retiring to amazing stuccoed rooms.’
    • ‘Another guy walked in, strutting towards the group.’
    • ‘Russ waddled in a feeble stride as the daughter strutted with a youthful arrogance.’
    • ‘The arrogance is masterful as Hicks struts, peacock like, around the stage, posing and displaying his wounded body.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jaelyn whispered in Brooke's ear as Hugh walked, no, strutted into the room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She normally sat at the opposite end of the room, but had strutted over, sashaying her hips to talk with him.’
    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’
      • ‘Elsewhere the Bratton School Dance Club strutted their stuff with Olympic and English numbers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He looked the opposite way and witnessed groups of men and women at the dance stage, strutting their stuff.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In 1985, aged 20, she met her future husband while strutting her stuff on the dance floor and they were married four years later.’
      • ‘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/