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

n 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

n a band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag

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)

n 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

n whip consisting of a strip of leather used in flogging

a leather strap for punishing children
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an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping

v tie with a strap

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

v beat severely with a whip or rod

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

v sharpen with a strap

strap a razor”
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make sharp or sharper

v secure (a sprained joint) with a strap

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fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

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