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?

(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.

(Strut), v. t. To hold apart. Cf. Strut, n., 3.

(Strut), a. Protuberant. [Obs.] Holland.

(Stru"thi*an) a. (Zoöl.) Struthious.

(||Stru"thi*o) n.; pl. Struthiones [L., an ostrich, fr. Gr. .] (Zoöl.) A genus of birds including the African ostriches.

(||Stru`thi*oi"de*a) n. pl. [NL. See Struthio, and -oid.] (Zoöl.) Same as Struthiones.

(||Stru`thi*o"nes) n. pl. [NL. See Struthio.] (Zoöl.) (a) A division, or order, of birds, including only the African ostriches. (b) In a wider sense, an extensive group of birds including the ostriches, cassowaries, emus, moas, and allied birds incapable of flight. In this sense it is equivalent to Ratitæ, or Dromæognathæ.

(Stru`thi*o"nine) a. (Zoöl.) Struthious.

(Stru"thi*ous) a. [L. struthius, strutheus.] (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Struthiones, or Ostrich tribe.

(Strut"ter) n. One who struts.

(Strut"ting), a. & n. from Strut, v.Strut"ting*ly, adv.

(Struv"ite) n. [After the Russian minister Von Struve.] (Min.) A crystalline mineral found in guano. It is a hydrous phosphate of magnesia and ammonia.

(Strych"ni*a) n. [NL. See Strychnine.] (Chem.) Strychnine.

(Strych"nic) a. Of or pertaining to strychnine; produced by strychnine; as, strychnic compounds; strychnic poisoning; specifically (Chem.), used to designate an acid, called also igasuric acid.

(Strych"nine) n. [L. strychnos a kind of nightshade, Gr. : cf. F. strychnine.] (Chem.) A very poisonous alkaloid resembling brucine, obtained from various species of plants, especially from species of Loganiaceæ, as from the seeds of the St. Ignatius bean (Strychnos Ignatia) and from nux vomica. It is obtained as a white crystalline substance, having a very bitter acrid taste, and is employed in medicine (chiefly in the form of the sulphate) as a powerful neurotic stimulant. Called also strychnia, and formerly strychnina.

(||Strych"nos) n. [L., a kind of nightshade, Gr. .] (Bot.) A genus of tropical trees and shrubs of the order Loganiaceæ. See Nux vomica.

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