Stirrup cup
Stirrup Stir"rup, n. [OE. stirop, AS. stigr[=a]p; st[=i]gan to mount, ascend + r[=a]p a rope; akin to G. stegreif a stirrup. [root]164. See {Sty}, v. i., and {Rope}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Our host upon his stirpoes stood anon. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. (Carp. & Mach.) Any piece resembling in shape the stirrup of a saddle, and used as a support, clamp, etc. See {Bridle iron}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) A rope secured to a yard, with a thimble in its lower end for supporting a footrope. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

{Stirrup bone} (Anat.), the stapes.

{Stirrup cup}, a parting cup taken after mounting.

{Stirrup iron}, an iron stirrup.

{Stirrup leather}, or {Stirrup strap}, the strap which attaches a stirrup to the saddle. See {Stirrup}, 1. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Stirrup Cup — A Stirrup Cup is a parting cup given by the Scottish Highlanders to guests when they are leaving and have their feet in the stirrups. In colloquial Highland Scots, by a borrowing from the Gaelic, the host may well, in inviting his guest to stay… …   Wikipedia

  • stirrup cup — noun Date: 1681 1. a small serving of drink (as wine) taken by a rider about to depart; also the vessel in which it is served 2. a farewell cup …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stirrup-cup — stir·rup cup (stûrʹəp kŭp , stĭrʹ ) n. A farewell drink, especially for a rider who is mounted to depart. * * * …   Universalium

  • stirrup cup — Synonyms and related words: Godspeed, Mickey, Mickey Finn, adieu, aloha, aperitif, chaser, cocktail, conge, doch an dorrach, drink, eye opener, farewell, good bye, highball, knockout drops, leave, leave taking, mixed drink, nightcap, parting,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • STIRRUP CUP —    a parting cup given by the Highlanders to guests when they are leaving and have their feet in the stirrups …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • stirrup cup — n. (In Scotland and Ireland) deoch an doruis, doch an dorris, farewell drink, parting drink; cup in which such drink is served …   English contemporary dictionary

  • stirrup cup — stir′rup cup n. farewell drink, esp. one offered to a rider already mounted for departure • Etymology: 1675–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • stirrup cup — noun an alcoholic drink offered to a person on horseback who is about to depart …   English new terms dictionary

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