A strip of material used to hold something in place is a strap, like your bathing suit's shoulder straps, the strap on your book bag, or the strap of your seatbelt.

As a verb, strap means "to secure with straps": "Let me strap my backpack on before I climb on your motorcycle." Standing passengers on buses and subways are sometimes called straphangers, named for the habit of grabbing the leather or webbed straps that once commonly hung from above. Some modes of transportation still have these straps, though they've increasingly been replaced with poles and handles.

Definitions of strap
  1. noun
    an elongated leather strip (or a strip of similar material) for binding things together or holding something in position
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    a strap that is looped and sewn to the top of a boot for pulling it on
    either of two straps of a bridle that connect the bit to the headpiece
    chin strap
    a strap attached to a hat; passes under the chin and holds the hat in place
    a strap from the back of a saddle passing under the horse's tail; prevents saddle from slipping forward
    a leather strap or thong used to attach a sandal or shoe to the foot
    noseband, nosepiece
    a strap that is the part of a bridle that goes over the animal's nose
    one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse
    a leather strap used to sharpen razors
    bearing rein, checkrein
    a rein designed to keep the horse's head in the desired position
    leading rein
    rein to direct the horse's head left or right
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    leather strip
    implement consisting of a strip of leather
  2. noun
    a band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag
    synonyms: shoulder strap
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    a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
  3. noun
    hanger consisting of a loop of leather suspended from the ceiling of a bus or train; passengers hold onto it
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    anything from which something can be hung
  4. noun
    whip consisting of a strip of leather used in flogging
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    a leather strap for punishing children
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    an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping
  5. verb
    tie with a strap
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    remove the strap or straps from
    hobble, hopple
    strap the foreleg and hind leg together on each side (of a horse) in order to keep the legs on the same side moving in unison
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    bind, tie
    fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
  6. verb
    beat severely with a whip or rod
    synonyms: flog, lash, lather, slash, trounce, welt, whip
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    flagellate, scourge
    whip with a leather strap
    whip with a whip intended for horses
    flog with or as if with a flexible rod
    flog with a cowhide
    beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails
    whip with a birch twig
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    beat, beat up, work over
    give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
  7. verb
    sharpen with a strap
    strap a razor”
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    make sharp or sharper
  8. verb
    secure (a sprained joint) with a strap
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    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
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