girdle
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]


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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • girdle — [gʉrd′ l] n. [ME girdil < OE gyrdel < base of gyrdan (see GIRD1): akin to Ger gürtel] 1. Archaic a belt or sash for the waist 2. anything that surrounds or encircles ☆ 3. a woman s elasticized undergarment for supporting or molding the… …   English World dictionary

  • Girdle — Gir dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Girdled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Girdling}.] 1. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To inclose; to environ; to shut in. [1913 Webster] Those sleeping stones, That as a waist doth girdle you about …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • girdle — (n.) O.E. gyrdel belt, sash, cord about the waist, common Germanic. (Cf. O.N. gyrðill, Swed. gördel, O.Fris. gerdel, Du. gordel, O.H.G. gurtil, Ger. Gürtel belt ), related to O.E. gyrdan to gird (see GIRD (Cf. gird)). Modern euphemistic sense of …   Etymology dictionary

  • girdle — [1] ► NOUN 1) a belt or cord worn round the waist. 2) a woman s elasticated corset extending from waist to thigh. ► VERB ▪ encircle with a girdle or belt. ORIGIN Old English, related to GIRD(Cf. ↑gird) and G …   English terms dictionary

  • Girdle — Gir dle, n. A griddle. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • girdle — index circumscribe (surround by boundary), embrace (encircle), enclose, enclosure, encompass (surround), hedge …   Law dictionary

  • girdle — vb *surround, environ, encircle, circle, encompass, compass, hem, gird, ring Analogous words: see those at GIRD (to surround) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • girdle — [n] corset band, belt, sash, undergarment, underwear, waistband; concept 451 …   New thesaurus

  • Girdle — This article is about the item of clothing. In the Scots language, girdle refers to a cooking griddle. In malacology a girdle is part of a chiton.The word girdle originally meant a belt. In modern English the term girdle is most commonly used for …   Wikipedia

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