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Strut (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Strutted (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Strutting.] [OE. struten, strouten, to swell; akin to G. strozen to be swelled, to be puffed up, to strut, Dan. strutte.]

1.

To swell; to bulge out.

[R.]

The bellying canvas strutted with the gale. Dryden.

2.

To walk with a lofty, proud gait, and erect head; to walk with affected dignity.

Does he not hold up his head, . . . and strut in his gait? Shak.

 

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Strut, n. [For senses 2 & 3 cf. LG. strutt rigid.]

1.

The act of strutting; a pompous step or walk.

2. Arch.

In general, any piece of a frame which resists thrust or pressure in the direction of its own length. See Brace, and Illust. of Frame, and Roof.

3. Engin.

Any part of a machine or structure, of which the principal function is to hold things apart; a brace subjected to compressive stress; -- the opposite of stay, and tie.

 

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Strut, v. t.

To hold apart. Cf. Strut, n., 3.

 

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Strut, a.

Protuberant.

[Obs.]

Holland.

 

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