Girdle Gir"dle, n. [OE. gurdel, girdel, AS. gyrdel, fr. gyrdan; akin to D. gordel, G. g["u]rtel, Icel. gyr?ill. See {Gird}, v. t., to encircle, and cf. {Girth}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which girds, encircles, or incloses; a circumference; a belt; esp., a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist; a cestus. [1913 Webster]

Within the girdle of these walls. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Their breasts girded with golden girdles. --Rev. xv. 6. [1913 Webster]

2. The zodiac; also, the equator. [Poetic] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

From the world's girdle to the frozen pole. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

That gems the starry girdle of the year. --Campbell. [1913 Webster]

3. (Jewelry) The line ofgreatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting. See Illust. of {Brilliant}. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mining) A thin bed or stratum of stone. --Raymond. [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) The clitellus of an earthworm. [1913 Webster]

{Girdle bone} (Anat.), the sphenethmoid. See under {Sphenethmoid}.

{Girdle wheel}, a spinning wheel.

{Sea girdle} (Zo["o]l.), a ctenophore. See {Venus's girdle}, under {Venus}.

{Shoulder}, {Pectoral}, & {Pelvic}, {girdle}. (Anat.) See under {Pectoral}, and {Pelvic}.

{To have under the girdle}, to have bound to one, that is, in subjection. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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