Definition of strap in English:

strap

noun

  • 1A strip of leather, cloth, or other flexible material, often with a buckle, used to fasten, secure, or carry something or to hold onto something.

    ‘her bra strap’
    ‘the strap of his shoulder bag’
    • ‘But the leather straps are splattered with paint from foolishly decorating in them once, so they could really do with an entire replacement at some point.’
    • ‘Slung across his shoulder on a leather strap was a wicker basket.’
    • ‘My mother swayed over to the door in her black leather shoes, straps strangling her white ankles and heels.’
    • ‘The painting shows the collectors transporting the trees in large clay pots carried on straps.’
    • ‘It had school satchel style leather straps and buckles instead of Velcro or twist fasteners.’
    • ‘They wore wine satin ballerina-length dresses with shoestring straps, and carried smaller versions of the bride's bouquet.’
    • ‘A light rain falls on her shoulders as she pulls her purse up by its leather strap and sighs.’
    • ‘Over his battle tunic went the clean white leather belts and honest straps.’
    • ‘Adrian also says the hawk is trailing leather straps which tied it to a perch.’
    • ‘Velcro closures keep the case securely closed, and there's a strap for belt carry.’
    • ‘He slipped it back into the scabbard and then picked up the streamlined sniper rifle, slinging it over his shoulder by its leather strap.’
    • ‘I am quite sure however, that shampoo and leather straps would be involved at certain points in the process.’
    • ‘Combined with a fetching ensemble of white leather belts and straps, the effect is arresting.’
    • ‘The leather strap of her shoulder holster had been oiled.’
    • ‘She took a leather strap and buckled it around my wrist, attaching the dagger to it, pulling the sleeve down to conceal the weapon.’
    • ‘Carry handbags with short straps; those that sling a long way down are easy targets’
    • ‘All over her were cuts and her clothing was ripped by the impact of the whip's leather strap.’
    • ‘Two clips sat on either side of the leather carry strap.’
    • ‘The canteen was a hard leather flask with straps to tie it to a belt.’
    • ‘You never had to think about ribbon belts or decorative bra straps.’
    thong, tie, cord, band, belt, tape
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    1. 1.1 A strip of metal, often hinged, used to fasten or secure something.
      • ‘The skis are in excellent condition, one binding is missing the metal strap and spring and they have a nice set of cane poles.’
      • ‘Zips plugged into straps that had a combination lock, topped of with a wax seal.’
      • ‘A pinafore of wire mesh and cement hangs by metal straps from its shoulders.’
      • ‘The sharp tool or grinder initiated a crack in the underlying metal strap which runs around the circumference of the fuselage.’
      • ‘The hinge straps are designed like little twigs.’
      • ‘The hinges are flat straps across the front, which bend over the pintles and form a short neat strap on the back, ending in split curls.’
      • ‘The application is decorative, not structural, as evidenced by the metal straps suspending the logs.’
      • ‘Good looks, lightweight construction, and tough as an old hinge strap; that's a hard combination to beat.’
      • ‘This frame has a leather mat and hanging strap, and is fringed with scrap yarn.’
      • ‘We also noted at the time of our inspection that there is considerable frost damage to the brickwork and that the metal restraining straps are rusting.’
    2. 1.2the strap Punishment by beating with a strip of leather.
      • ‘Most kids were never given the strap because they knew better.’
      • ‘Constantly, she reminded herself that it was normal - everyone else got the strap and it was only a matter of time until she did.’
    3. 1.3
      variant form of strop

verb

  • 1with object and adverbial of place Fasten or secure in a specified place or position with a strap or seat belt.

    ‘I had to strap the bag to my bicycle’
    ‘the children were strapped into their car seats’
    • ‘He once more shook his head and strapped his supply bag over his shoulder.’
    • ‘The large man took another short pull from the bag and then strapped it back in place by the side of his pack.’
    • ‘He set off into the woods, and strapping the bag around his neck, he stopped near a rabbit's warren.’
    • ‘The guns and knives were securely strapped to the many compartments of the bag assuring his own safety.’
    • ‘However, Jack Sanderson, the test pilot, says this will not bother him because he will be securely strapped in and too busy to notice.’
    • ‘She sighed and stuffed a few essentials into a small drawstring bag, and strapped the sword and dagger around her waist.’
    • ‘If I was going to climb to altitude in a plane with a wing about to come off, I certainly wanted my parachute leg straps fastened!’
    • ‘He'd been strapped securely, according to the guy who'd put him in the harness, to a soldier's back for the descent.’
    • ‘He said the problem of children not being strapped into cars seemed to be particularly acute in Bradford.’
    • ‘They're strapped into a special car seat for the bike.’
    • ‘Thorn tightly strapped the bags and items to her mare's back.’
    • ‘And only hours after yesterday's tragedy in Lincolnshire firefighters had to strap a car to a fire engine to stop it falling on to the East Coast mainline.’
    • ‘After strapping the shoes securely to my feet, I ran down the stairs and to my black truck.’
    • ‘If you fancy carrying Labradors and green wellies in the back of this car, make sure they are securely strapped in.’
    • ‘The spokeswoman added that the crew might have to wait for hours strapped in sitting positions before blast-off.’
    • ‘The upper level contained gear, strapped, buckled and secured for the flight, every inch of space utilized for the transport.’
    • ‘She put ice in a bag, and strapped it to her back with clear shipping tape.’
    • ‘But isn't it against the law to have a small child not be strapped into a car seat?’
    • ‘I clamber onto the roof, helping to strap bags down with small bits of rope and bandanas.’
    • ‘Later, strapped into our positions we descend through the cloud, our stomachs bouncing as we hit the turbulence.’
    fasten, secure, tie, bind, make fast, lash
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  • 2with object Beat (someone) with a strip of leather.

    ‘I expected when my dad walked in that he'd strap him’
    • ‘The teachers were always yelling and threatening everyone and strapping us with a leather belt.’
    • ‘A man who sued the Catholic Church after being strapped by a schoolteacher 17 years ago was awarded more than £1 million damages yesterday.’
    beat, flog, whip, leather, belt, thrash, lash, horsewhip, birch, cane, strike, hit, clout
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Origin

Late 16th century (denoting a trap for birds, also a piece of timber fastening two objects together): dialect form of strop.

Pronunciation

strap

/strap//stræp/