American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A strap, especially a short rope whose ends are spliced together to make a ring.
- n. A flexible strip of leather or canvas used for sharpening a razor.
- v. To sharpen (a razor) on a strop.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as strap. Specifically
- n. A strap or strip of leather, thick canvas, or other flexible material, suitably propared for smoothing the edge of a razor drawn over it while it is attached by one end and held in the hand by the other; hence also, by extension, a two-sided or four-sided piece of wood, with a handle and a casing, having strips of leather of differing surfaces affixed to two sides, and the two other sides, when (as more commonly) present, covered with coarser and finer emery or other abrasive powder for use in honing a razor.
- n. Nautical, same as strap, 1 .
- n. In rope-making, a rope with an eye at each end, used in twisting strands.
- To sharpen on or as if on a strop or strap.
- n. A strap; more specifically a piece of leather or a substitute (notably canvas), or strip of wood covered with a suitable material, for honing a razor, in this sense also called razor strop.
- n. UK A bad mood or temper (see stroppy.)
- n. nautical A piece of rope spliced into a circular wreath, and put round a block for hanging it.
- v. obsolete To strap.
- v. To hone (a razor) with a strop.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A strap; specifically, same as strap, 3.
- v. To draw over, or rub upon, a strop with a view to sharpen.
- n. (Naut.) A piece of rope spliced into a circular wreath, and put round a block for hanging it.
- v. sharpen on a strop
- n. a leather strap used to sharpen razors
- Same as strap (which see); recorded in English since 1702. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English strope, band of leather, probably from Old English, thong for an oar, from Latin stroppus, twisted cord, from Greek strophos, from strephein, to turn; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“A strop is similar to a sambok - a Seth Efrican Rhino hide whip but without the ergonomic handle.”
“A strop is a flexible textile strap used to keep razors sharp.”
“If you did not take the medicine "Ole Miss" would reach up and get the leather "strop" and”
“The oars of Norwegian boats are worked not in rowlocks, or crutches, or between thole pins, as at home, but on a single thole pin, to which they are attached by a "strop" or loop.”
“To complete the cycle, birds frequently, after eating the fruit, "strop" their beaks on the bark of a neighbouring tree.”
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