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#119370 - 01/09/04 04:16 PM strut
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
I encountered this word in an archaeology site, describing
the vertical timbers in a very early dwelling. It reminded me of the early biplanes that had two strong vertical members at each wingtip. I was a bit surprised that AHD did not mention the aircraft word.


VERB: Inflected forms: strut·ted, strut·ting, struts

INTRANSITIVE VERB: To walk with pompous bearing; swagger.
TRANSITIVE VERB: 1. To display in order to impress others. Sometimes used with out: Don't strut out your resume until you have more accomplishments to list. 2a. To provide (a structure) with a strut or struts. b. To brace or separate with or as if with a strut.
NOUN: 1. A pompous, self-important gait. 2. A structural element used to brace or strengthen a framework by resisting longitudinal compression.
IDIOM: strut (one's) stuff Slang To behave or perform in an ostentatious manner; show off.
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English strouten, to stand out, from Old English strtian, to stand out stiffly. See ster-1 in Appendix I.
strutting·ly —ADVERB

#119371 - 02/09/04 06:17 PM Re: strut
Fiberbabe Offline
old hand

Registered: 01/12/01
Posts: 771
Loc: Portland, Oregon
It's got some automotive context too, yeah?

EDIT: Maybe that second noun definition points to both the automotive and the aviation usages...

#119372 - 02/10/04 07:16 PM Re: strut
consuelo Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/11/01
Posts: 2636
Loc: Caribbean
Prolly right, FB. I know (from paying for them) that shocks and struts go together (or sumpin' like that) to keep the car stable whilst running down the road.


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