from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To encircle with or as if with a band.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bind with a band or girdle.
- v. To encircle, surround, as with a gird; inclose; encompass.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To bind with a band or girdle; to gird.
- transitive v. To surround as with a band; to encompass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bind with a band or girdle.
- To surround; inclose; encompass.
From Middle English begirden, from Old English begyrdan ("to gird, clothe, surround, fortify"), from Proto-Germanic *bi- + *gurdijanan (“to gird”), equivalent to be- + gird. Cognate with Old High German begurtjan ("to begird"), Gothic 𐌱𐌹𐌲𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌳𐌰𐌽 (bigairdan, "to begird"). More at be-, gird. (Wiktionary)