(1)   Whip consisting of a strip of leather used in flogging
(2)   An elongated leather strip (or a strip of similar material) for binding things together or holding something in position
(3)   A band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag
(4)   Hanger consisting of a loop of leather suspended from the ceiling of a bus or train; passengers hold onto it


(5)   Secure (a sprained joint) with a strap
(6)   Sharpen with a strap
"Strap a razor"
(7)   Tie with a strap
(8)   Beat severely with a whip or rod
"The teacher often flogged the students"
"The children were severely trounced"


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  1. A long, narrow, pliable strip of leather, cloth, or the like.
    • Specifically, a strip of thick leather used in flogging.
      A lively cobbler that . . . had scarce passed a day without giving her (his wife) the discipline of the strap. --Addison.
  2. Something made of such a strip, or of a part of one, or a combination of two or more for a particular use.
  3. A piece of leather, or strip of wood covered with a suitable material, used to hone the sharpened edge of a razor; a strop.
  4. A narrow strip of anything, as of iron or brass. Specifically:
    • A band, plate, or loop of metal for clasping and holding timbers or parts of a machine.
    • A piece of rope or metal passing around a block and used for fastening it to anything.
  5. The flat part of the corolla in ligulate florets, as those of the white circle in the daisy.
  6. The leaf, exclusive of its sheath, in some grasses.
  7. A shoulder strap, see under shoulder.
  8. A gun, normally a personal firearm such as a pistol or machine pistol.


  1. To beat or chastise with a strap; to whip, to lash.
  2. To fasten or bind with a strap.
  3. To sharpen by rubbing on a strap, or strop; as, to strap a razor.