from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A flexible band, as of leather or cloth, worn around the waist to support clothing, secure tools or weapons, or serve as decoration.
- n. Something that resembles this type of band: a belt of trees.
- n. An encircling route.
- n. A seat belt or safety belt.
- n. A continuous band or chain for transferring motion or power or conveying materials from one wheel or shaft to another.
- n. A band of tough reinforcing material beneath the tread of a tire.
- n. A geographic region that is distinctive in a specific respect: "This is America's rural poverty belt” ( Charles Kuralt).
- n. Slang A powerful blow; a wallop.
- n. Slang A strong emotional reaction.
- n. Slang A drink of hard liquor.
- transitive v. To encircle; gird.
- transitive v. To support or attach with or as if with a belt: belt one's trousers; belted the sword to her waist.
- transitive v. To mark with or as if with an encircling band.
- transitive v. To beat with a belt or strap.
- transitive v. Slang To strike forcefully; hit.
- transitive v. Slang To sing in a loud and forceful manner: belt out a song.
- transitive v. Slang To swig (an alcoholic beverage).
- idiom below the belt Not according to the rules; unfairly.
- idiom tighten (one's) belt To begin to exercise thrift and frugality.
- idiom under (one's) belt In one's possession or experience: "By his mid-teens, Liszt had three years of intensive concertizing under his belt” ( Musical Heritage Review).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A band worn around the waist to hold clothing to one's body (usually pants), hold weapons (such as a gun or sword), or serve as a decorative piece of clothing.
- n. A band used as a restraint for safety purposes, such as a seat belt.
- n. A band that is used in a machine to help transfer motion or power.
- n. A powerful blow, often made with a fist or heavy object.
- n. A quick drink of liquor.
- n. A geographical region known for a particular product, feature or demographic (Corn Belt, Bible Belt, Black Belt, Green Belt).
- n. The middle of the strike zone.
- v. To encircle.
- v. To fasten a belt.
- v. To hit with a belt.
- v. and intransitive To scream or sing in a loud manner.
- v. To drink quickly, often in gulps.
- v. To hit someone or something.
- v. To hit a pitched ball a long distance, usually for a home run.
- v. To move very fast
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which engirdles a person or thing; a band or girdle.
- n. That which restrains or confines as a girdle.
- n. Anything that resembles a belt, or that encircles or crosses like a belt; a strip or stripe.
- n. Same as Band, n., 2. A very broad band is more properly termed a belt.
- n. One of certain girdles or zones on the surface of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, supposed to be of the nature of clouds.
- n. A narrow passage or strait.
- n. A token or badge of knightly rank.
- n. A band of leather, or other flexible substance, passing around two wheels, and communicating motion from one to the other.
- n. A band or stripe, as of color, round any organ; or any circular ridge or series of ridges.
- transitive v. To encircle with, or as with, a belt; to encompass; to surround.
- transitive v. To shear, as the buttocks and tails of sheep.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A broad flat strip or strap of leather or other flexible material, used to encircle the waist; a girdle; cincture; zone; band.
- n. Any broad band or strip of leather or other flexible material, designed to pass round anything, with its ends joined.
- n. Any broad band or stripe or continuous broad line distinguished in color or otherwise from adjacent objects, and encircling or appearing to encircle something.
- n. In masonry, a band or string-course.
- n. That which restrains or confines like a girdle.
- n. A disease among sheep
- To gird with a belt; specifically, to invest with a distinctive belt, as in knighting some one.
- To fasten or secure with a belt; gird: as, to belt on a sword.
- To encircle; surround as if with a belt or girdle.
- To strike with or as with a belt; strap; flog.
- n. In a war-ship, the side of the vessel, in the vicinity of the water-line, protected by external armor-plating. A complete belt is one in which the armor extends from stem to stern: a partial belt extends over only part of the length.
- n. In archery, a strap for suspending the quiver: usually worn round the waist of the archer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. sing loudly and forcefully
- n. the act of hitting vigorously
- n. a path or strip (as cut by one course of mowing)
- n. ammunition (usually of small caliber) loaded in flexible linked strips for use in a machine gun
- n. a band to tie or buckle around the body (usually at the waist)
- n. a vigorous blow
- n. endless loop of flexible material between two rotating shafts or pulleys
- v. fasten with a belt
- n. an elongated region where a specific condition or characteristic is found
- v. deliver a blow to
Middle English, from Old English, ultimately from Latin balteus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English belt ("belt, girdle"), from Proto-Germanic *baltijaz (“girdle, belt”), from Latin balteus ("belt, sword-belt"), of Etruscan origin. Cognate with Danish belte ("belt"), Swedish bälte ("belt, cincture, girdle, zone"), Icelandic belti ("belt") and Albanian bel ("waist"). (Wiktionary)