Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long narrow strip of pliant material such as leather.
  • noun Such a strip equipped with a buckle or similar fastener for binding or securing objects.
  • noun A thin flat metal or plastic band used for fastening or clamping objects together or into position.
  • noun A narrow band formed into a loop for grasping with the hand.
  • noun A razor strop.
  • noun A strip of leather used in flogging.
  • transitive verb To fasten or secure with a strap.
  • transitive verb To beat with a strap.
  • transitive verb To sharpen (a razor, for example).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fasten or bind with a strap: especially in the sense of compressing and holding very closely: often with up or down.
  • To beat or chastise with a strap.
  • To sharpen with a strap; strop, as a razor.
  • To hang.
  • noun In machinery: The narrow band which surrounds the disk of a steam-engine eccentric and forms the bearing-surface for the eccentric-rod. It is usually separate from the latter and bolted to it, generally in two parts to permit adjustment for wear.
  • noun An enveloping band of steel, somewhat U-shaped, which passes around the outside of the brasses at the ends of a steam-engine connecting-rod, and, by means of bolts, wedges, and gib and key, makes a solid unit of the connecting-rod end or stub, while providing for easy adjustment or renewal as wear occurs upon the bearings on the pins.
  • noun In iron ship-building, a narrow-strip of plate or a bar with a wide flange used to unite two parts to each of which the strap is riveted. See also butt-strap and seam-strap.
  • noun A narrow strip of leather or other flexible material, generally used for some mechanical purpose, as to surround and hold together, or to retain in place. ,
  • noun A long and narrow piece of thin iron or other metal used to hold different parts together, as of a frame or the sides of a box; a leaf of a hinge; in carpentry, an iron plate for connecting two or more timbers, to which it is bolted or screwed.
  • noun In botany, the ligule in florets of Compositæ (see ligule); also, in some grasses, the leaf exclusive of its sheath.
  • noun A string.
  • noun Credit; originally, credit for drink.
  • noun In a vehicle: A plate on the upper side of the tongue and resting upon the doubletree, to aid in holding the wagou-hammer.
  • noun A clip, such as that which holds a spring to the spring-bar or to the axle.
  • noun The stirrupshaped piece of a clevis.
  • noun A strap-oyster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To beat or chastise with a strap.
  • transitive verb To fasten or bind with a strap.
  • transitive verb To sharpen by rubbing on a strap, or strop.
  • noun A long, narrow, pliable strip of leather, cloth, or the like; specifically, a strip of thick leather used in flogging.
  • noun Something made of such a strip, or of a part of one, or a combination of two or more for a particular use.
  • noun A piece of leather, or strip of wood covered with a suitable material, for sharpening a razor; a strop.
  • noun A narrow strip of anything, as of iron or brass.
  • noun (Carp. & Mach.) A band, plate, or loop of metal for clasping and holding timbers or parts of a machine.
  • noun (Naut.) A piece of rope or metal passing around a block and used for fastening it to anything.
  • noun The flat part of the corolla in ligulate florets, as those of the white circle in the daisy.
  • noun The leaf, exclusive of its sheath, in some grasses.
  • noun A shoulder strap. See under Shoulder.
  • noun a bolt of which one end is a flat bar of considerable length.
  • noun (Mach.) a journal box, or pair of brasses, secured to the end of a connecting rod by a strap. See Illust. of Gib and key, under Gib.
  • noun a hinge with long flaps by which it is fastened, as to a door or wall.
  • noun (Railroads) a flat rail formerly used.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A long, narrow, pliable strip of leather, cloth, or the like.
  • noun A strip of thick leather used in flogging.
  • noun Something made of such a strip, or of a part of one, or a combination of two or more for a particular use.
  • noun A piece of leather, or strip of wood covered with a suitable material, used to hone the sharpened edge of a razor; a strop.
  • noun A narrow strip of anything, as of iron or brass.
  • noun botany The flat part of the corolla in ligulate florets, as those of the white circle in the daisy.
  • noun botany The leaf, exclusive of its sheath, in some grasses.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of strop.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From a variant of earlier strope ("loop on a harness"), from Middle English strope, stropp, from Old English strop, stropp ("a band, thong, strap; oar-thong"), from Latin stroppus, struppus ("strap"), from Ancient Greek στρόφος (strophos, "rope"), from στρέφω (strephō, "to twist"). Cognate with Scots strap, strop ("strap, band, thong"), Dutch strop ("noose, strop, loop"), Low German Strop ("strap"), German Struppe, Strüppe, Strippe ("string, cord"), Danish strop ("strap"), Swedish stropp ("strap, loop").

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