Stir"rup(?), n. [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. 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.
(Carp. & Mach.) Any piece resembling in shape the stirrup of a saddle, and used as a support, clamp, etc. See Bridle iron.
(Naut.) A rope secured to a yard, with a thimble in its lower end for supporting a footrope.
(Anat.), the stapes. --
Stirrup cup, a parting cup taken after mounting. --
Stirrup iron, an iron stirrup. --
Stirrup strap, the strap which attaches a stirrup to the saddle. See Stirrup, 1.
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