Stirrup iron
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 iron — noun support consisting of metal loops into which rider s feet go • Syn: ↑stirrup • Hypernyms: ↑support • Part Holonyms: ↑saddle …   Useful english dictionary

  • stirrup-iron — …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stirrup bone — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stirrup leather — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stirrup strap — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stirrup — For the bone, see stapes. For other uses of the word stirrup, see Stirrup (disambiguation). The stirrup is a ring with a flat bottom fixed on a leather strap, usually hung from each side of a saddle by an adjustable strap to create a footrest for …   Wikipedia

  • stirrup — n. 1 each of a pair of devices attached to each side of a horse s saddle, in the form of a loop with a flat base to support the rider s foot. 2 (attrib.) having the shape of a stirrup. 3 (in full stirrup bone) = STAPES. Phrases and idioms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • stirrup — Bridle iron Bri dle i ron (Arch.) A strong flat bar of iron, so bent as to support, as in a stirrup, one end of a floor timber, etc., where no sufficient bearing can be had; called also {stirrup} and {hanger}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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