stirrup: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (stûr'up, stir'-, stur'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a loop, ring, or other contrivance of metal, wood, leather, etc., suspended from the saddle of a horse to support the rider's foot.
  2. any of various similar supports or clamps used for special purposes.
  3. a short rope with an eye at the end hung from a yard to support a footrope, the footrope being rove through the eye.
  4. Also called(in reinforced-concrete constructions) a-shaped or-shaped bent rod for supporting longitudinal reinforcing rods.
  5. stapes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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