a rod or bar forming part of a framework and designed to resist compression.
2. [in sing.]
a stiff, erect, and apparently arrogant or conceited gait:
that old confident strut and swagger has returned.
walk with a stiff, erect, and apparently arrogant or conceited gait:
peacocks strut through the grounds.
brace (something) with a strut or struts:
the holes were close-boarded and strutted.
strut one's stuff inf.
dance or behave in a confident and expressive way.DERIVATIVES:
ORIGIN: Old English strūtian ‘protrude stiffly,’ of Germanic origin. Current senses date from the late 16th cent.
Any member in compression that keeps two others apart. It is found, for example, in roof structures between a tie-beam and a collar. Types of strut include:king-strut: vertical timber set on a collar or tie-beam extending to the apex of a pitched roof (with a ridge-piece, -plate, or -purlin);queen-strut: one of two vertical members framed between a tie-beam and a collar;rafter-strut: as raking-strut
but vertical;raking-strut: one of a pair of straight or curved members set at an angle on the tie-beam and framed into a principal rafter, often supporting a purlin
Alcock,, Barley,, Dixon,, & and Meeson (1996)
, but, butt, cut, glut, gut, hut, intercut, jut, Mut, mutt, nut, phut, putt, rut, scut, shortcut, shut, slut, smut, strut, tut, undercut
•sackbut • scuttlebutt • catgut
•midgut • Vonnegut • rotgut • haircut
•offcut • cross-cut • linocut • crew cut
•woodcut • uppercut • chestnut
•hazelnut • peanut • wing nut • cobnut
•locknut • walnut • groundnut
donut) • coconut
†bulge, swell; †protrude stiffly, stand out XIV; †flaunt, swagger; walk upright with stiff step XVI. unexpl. alt. of ME. stroute
, repr. formally OE. strūtian
?be rigid, but a short vowel is seen in (M)HG. strotzen
and in the Scand. langs.
of junior executives—Ruffner, 1983.
bar to resist pressure in a framework. XVI. prob. f. next.