strop n : a leather strap used to sharpen razors v : sharpen on a strop; "strop razors" [also: stropping, stropped]
EtymologySame as (see under) Strap; recorded in English since 1702
- Rhymes: -ɒp
- To strap.
- (recorded since 1842; now most used) To sharpen (a razor) with
- One should strop the razor before shaving.
Thin straps are used as part of clothing or baggage, or bedding such as a sleeping bag. See for example spaghetti strap, shoulder strap. A strap differs from a belt mainly in that a strap is usually integral to the item of clothing; either can be used in combination with buckles.
Straps are also used as fasteners to attach and bind items, to objects, animals (for example a saddle on a horse) and people, or even to tie down people and animals, as on an apparatus for corporal punishment. Occasionally a strap is specified after what it binds or holds, e.g. chin strap.
Word origin"Strop" is the older form of strap, recorded since 1357 as loop or strap on a harness; strap appeared only since 1620 as a Scottish and/or nautical variant of 'strope.' The word "strop" probably derives from the Old French estrop, itself from the Latin stroppus "strap, band," perhaps from Etruscan, ultimately from Greek strophos "twisted band," from strephein "to turn".
strop in Czech: Strop
strop in Dutch: Strop
strop in Japanese: ストラップ
strop in Polish: Rzemień
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