Stirrup

Definition of Stirrup

Stir´rup
n.1.A kind of ring, or bent piece of metal, wood, leather, or the like, horizontal in one part for receiving the foot of a rider, and attached by a strap to the saddle, - used to assist a person in mounting a horse, and to enable him to sit steadily in riding, as well as to relieve him by supporting a part of the weight of the body.
Our host upon his stirpoes stood anon.
- Chaucer.
2.(Carp. & Mach.) Any piece resembling in shape the stirrup of a saddle, and used as a support, clamp, etc. See Bridle iron.
3.(Naut.) A rope secured to a yard, with a thimble in its lower end for supporting a footrope.
Stirrup bone
(Anat.) the stapes.
Stirrup cup
a parting cup taken after mounting.
Stirrup iron
an iron stirrup.
Stirrup leather
the strap which attaches a stirrup to the saddle. See Stirrup, 1.

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