girth
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse gjǫrth; akin to Old English gyrdan to gird Date: 13th century 1. a band or strap that encircles the body of an animal to fasten something (as a saddle) on its back 2. a. a measure around a body <
a man of more than average girth
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the girth of a tree
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b. size, dimensions II. transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. encircle 2. to bind or fasten with a girth 3. to measure the girth of

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Girth — (g[ e]rth), n. [Icel. gj[ o]r[eth] girdle, or ger[eth] girth; akin to Goth. ga[ i]rda girdle. See {Gird} to girt, and cf. {Girdle}, n.] 1. A band or strap which encircles the body; especially, one by which a saddle is fastened upon the back of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Girth — Girth, v. t. [From {Girth}, n., cf. {Girt}, v. t.] To bind as with a girth. [R.] Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • girth — [gə:θ US gə:rθ] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old Norse; Origin: gjörth] 1.) the size of something or someone large when you measure around them rather than measuring their height ▪ the enormous girth of the tree ▪ He was a tall man, of considerable… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • girth — [gʉrth] n. [ME gerth < ON gjörth < base of gyrtha, to encircle, akin to OE gyrdan: see GIRD1] 1. a band put around the belly of a horse or other animal for holding a saddle, pack, etc. 2. the circumference, as of a tree trunk or person s… …   English World dictionary

  • girth — index caliber (measurement), measurement Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • girth — gərth n a measure around a body …   Medical dictionary

  • girth — [ gɜrθ ] noun 1. ) count or uncount the distance around something thick and round, for example a tree a ) MAINLY LITERARY the distance around someone s waist, especially someone large 2. ) count a wide belt that you put around the middle of a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • girth — c.1300, belt around a horse s body, from O.N. gjorð girdle, belt, hoop, from P.Gmc. *gertu (cf Goth. gairda girdle ), from the same source as GIRD (Cf. gird). Sense of measurement around an object first recorded 1640s …   Etymology dictionary

  • girth — The measurement around the thickest part of a mailpiece …   Glossary of postal terms

  • girth — ► NOUN 1) the measurement around the middle of something, especially a person s waist. 2) a band attached to a saddle and fastened around a horse s belly. ORIGIN Old Norse …   English terms dictionary

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