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

  • adj. Having a sturdy muscular physique; robust.
  • n. Straps considered as a group.
  • n. Material for making straps.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of strap.
  • adj. Of a young woman full of vigor; lusty.
  • adj. Of a person of either sex; Having a sturdy muscular physique; robust.
  • n. Adhesive plaster for strapping injuries.
  • n. A length of narrow material to be used for straps, or straps collectively.
  • n. A beating with a strap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tall; strong; lusty; large.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tall; lusty; robust.
  • n. The act of fastening with a strap.
  • n. A beating; a whipping.
  • n. Material for straps, or straps in general.
  • n. In surgery, the application of strips of adhesive plaster, one overlapping the other so as to cover the surface and make pressure upon it: a method employed in the treatment of ulcers and open wounds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. muscular and heavily built


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