What does stirrup mean?

Definitions for stirrup
ˈstɜr əp, ˈstɪr-, ˈstʌr-stir·rup

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stirrup, stirrup iron(noun)

    support consisting of metal loops into which rider's feet go

  2. stapes, stirrup(noun)

    the stirrup-shaped ossicle that transmits sound from the incus to the cochlea


  1. stirrup(Noun)

    A foot rest used by horse-riders.

  2. stirrup(Noun)

    A stapes.

  3. stirrup(Adjective)

    referring to women's pants, a form of trousers commonly worn by women that includes a strap beneath the arch of the foot.

  4. Origin: From stigrāp, a compound of stig- (from stigan ‘climb’) and rāp ‘rope’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stirrup(verb)

    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

  2. Stirrup(verb)

    any piece resembling in shape the stirrup of a saddle, and used as a support, clamp, etc. See Bridle iron

  3. Stirrup(verb)

    a rope secured to a yard, with a thimble in its lower end for supporting a footrope

  4. Origin: [OE. stirop, AS. stigrp; stgan to mount, ascend + rp a rope; akin to G. stegreif a stirrup. 164. See Sty, v. i., and Rope.]


  1. Stirrup

    A stirrup is a light frame or ring that holds the foot of a rider, attached to the saddle by a strap, often called a stirrup leather. Stirrups are usually paired and are used to aid in mounting and as a support while using a riding animal. They greatly increase the rider's ability to stay in the saddle and control the mount, increasing the animal's usefulness to humans in areas such as communication, transportation and warfare. In antiquity, the earliest foot supports consisted of riders placing their feet under a girth or using a simple toe loop. Later, a single stirrup was used as a mounting aid, and paired stirrups appeared after the invention of the treed saddle. The use of paired stirrups is credited to the Chinese Jin Dynasty and came to Europe during the Middle Ages. Some argue that the stirrup was one of the basic tools used to create and spread modern civilization, possibly as important as the wheel or printing press. Modern stirrups come in a wide variety of styles, sizes and materials and are attached to most saddles by means of adjustable stirrup leathers, which can be altered in length to fit both the size of the rider and the need to remain over the horse's optimal center of balance for a given equestrianism discipline. There are safety concerns associated with the use of stirrups, including a risk that a fallen rider may get their foot caught in the stirrup and be dragged by the horse, or that long hours of use without rest may cause problems in the human foot's Peroneus Tertius tendon. Stirrups are safer to use when riding boots are worn, and proper sizing and placement of the foot on the stirrup increases both safety and usability.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stirrup

    stir′up, n. a ring or hoop suspended by a rope or strap from the saddle, for a horseman's foot while mounting or riding: a rope secured to a yard, having a thimble in its lower end for reeving a foot-rope.—ns. Stirr′up-cup, a cup taken by one who is departing on horseback; Stirr′up-ī′ron, the ring of iron attached to the stirrup-leather to receive the foot; Stirr′up-leath′er, -strap, the strap of leather that supports a stirrup. [A.S. stigerápstígan, to mount, ráp, a rope.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stirrup

    An iron or copper plate that turns upwards on each side of a ship's keel and dead-wood at the fore-foot, or at her skegg, and bolts through all: it is a strengthener, but not always necessary.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. stirrup

    A kind of ring, or bent piece of metal, leather, etc., horizontal in one part for receiving the foot of the rider, and attached to a strap which is fastened to the saddle,—used to assist persons in mounting a horse, and to enable them to sit steadily in riding, as well as to relieve them by supporting a part of the weight of the body.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stirrup in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stirrup in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of stirrup in a Sentence

  1. Turkish Proverb:

    If you speak the truth, keep a foot in the stirrup.

  2. Turkish proverb:

    If you speak the truth, have a foot in the stirrup.

  3. American Proverb:

    He who speaks the truth must have one foot in the stirrup.

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