Gird Gird (g[~e]rd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Girt}or {Girded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Girding}.] [OE. girden, gurden, AS. gyrdan; akin to OS. gurdian, D. gorden, OHG. gurten, G. g["u]rten, Icel. gyr[eth]a, Sw. gjorda, Dan. giorde, Goth. biga['i]rdan to begird, and prob. to E. yard an inclosure. Cf. {Girth}, n. & v., {Girt}, v. t.] 1. To encircle or bind with any flexible band. [1913 Webster]

2. To make fast, as clothing, by binding with a cord, girdle, bandage, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. To surround; to encircle, or encompass. [1913 Webster]

That Nyseian isle, Girt with the River Triton. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. To clothe; to swathe; to invest. [1913 Webster]

I girded thee about with fine linen. --Ezek. xvi. 10. [1913 Webster]

The Son . . . appeared Girt with omnipotence. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. To prepare; to make ready; to equip; as, to gird one's self for a contest. [1913 Webster]

Thou hast girded me with strength. --Ps. xviii. 39. [1913 Webster]

{To gird on}, to put on; to fasten around or to one securely, like a girdle; as, to gird on armor or a sword. [1913 Webster]

Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off. --1 Kings xx. 11.

{To gird up}, to bind tightly with a girdle; to support and strengthen, as with a girdle. [1913 Webster]

He girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab. --1 Kings xviii. 46. [1913 Webster]

Gird up the loins of your mind. --1 Pet. i. 13.

{Girt up}; prepared or equipped, as for a journey or for work, in allusion to the ancient custom of gathering the long flowing garments into the girdle and tightening it before any exertion; hence, adjectively, eagerly or constantly active; strenuous; striving. ``A severer, more girt-up way of living.'' --J. C. Shairp. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Girt — Girt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Girted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Girting}.] [From {Girt}, n., cf. {Girth}, v.] To gird; to encircle; to invest by means of a girdle; to measure the girth of; as, to girt a tree. [1913 Webster] We here create thee the first… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Girt — Girt, imp. & p. p. of {Gird}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Girt — Girt, a. (Naut.) Bound by a cable; used of a vessel so moored by two anchors that she swings against one of the cables by force of the current or tide. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Girt — (g[ e]rt), n. Same as {Girth}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • girt — vurmağ: (Şamaxı) hərlənmək, gəzmək. – Bı gün aləmi girt vurmışam …   Azərbaycan dilinin dialektoloji lüğəti

  • girt — [gə:t US gə:rt] a past participle of ↑gird …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • girt — c.1400 as alternative form of GIRD (Cf. gird); also p.t. and pp. of gird …   Etymology dictionary

  • girt — see gird …   Modern English usage

  • girt — girt1 [gʉrt] vt. alt. pt. & pp. of GIRD1 girt2 [gʉrt] vt. [ME girten, var. of girden: see GIRD1] 1. to gird; girdle 2. to fasten with a girth …   English World dictionary

  • Girt — This name, with variant spellings Gerth, and Gyrth, derives from Gerth, a short form of the Olde German personal name Gerhart, composed of the elements geri , a spear, plus hart , hard. The surname from this source is first recorded in the latter …   Surnames reference

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