Definitions for: Stirrup

[n] support consisting of metal loops into which rider's feet go
[n] the stirrup-shaped ossicle that transmits sound from the incus to the cochlea

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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. --Totten.

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.

Synonyms: stapes, stirrup iron

See Also: auditory ossicle, middle ear, saddle, support, tympanic cavity, tympanum

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