from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The innermost of the three small bones of the middle ear, shaped somewhat like a stirrup. Also called stirrup.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small stirrup-shaped bone of the middle ear.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The innermost of the ossicles of the ear; the stirrup, or stirrup bone; -- so called from its form. See Illust. of ear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology and anatomy, the inmost one of the three auditory ossicles of man and other mammals, situated in the tympanum, or middle ear.
- n. A bandage for the foot forming figure-of-eight turns around the ankle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the stirrup-shaped ossicle that transmits sound from the incus to the cochlea
New Latin stapēs, stapēd-, from Medieval Latin, stirrup.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin stapēs ("stirrup"). (Wiktionary)