Strut, v. t. To hold apart. Cf. Strut, n., 3.
Strut, a. Protuberant. [Obs.]
Strut v. t. [imp. & p. p. Strutted p. pr. & vb. n. Strutting.]
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.
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.
n 1: a proud stiff pompous gait [syn: prance, swagger]
2: brace consisting of a bar or rod used to resist longitudinal
v : to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to
impress others; "He struts around like a rooster in a hen
house" [syn: swagger, ruffle, prance, sashay, cock]
[also: strutting, strutted]