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n. 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.


 - (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.


 - 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.

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