American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of encircling or encompassing.
- n. Something that encircles or surrounds.
- n. A belt or sash, especially one worn with an ecclesiastical vestment or the habit of a monk or nun.
- v. To gird; encompass.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A belt, girdle, or band worn round the body or round a part of it.
- n. Specifically The girdle used to confine a clergyman's cassock, usually of the color of the cassock and made of silk or serge.
- n. Hence Something resembling a belt or girdle.
- n. That which encompasses or incloses; inclosure; barrier; circuit; fence.
- n. In architecture, a raised ring or a list around a column.
- n. An enclosure, or the act of enclosing, encircling or encompassing
- n. A girdle or belt, especially as part of a vestment
- n. architecture The fillet, listel, or band next to the apophyge at the extremity of the shaft of a column.
- v. to girdle, circle, or surround
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A belt, a girdle, or something worn round the body, -- as by an ecclesiastic for confining the alb.
- n. That which encompasses or incloses; an inclosure.
- n. (Arch.) The fillet, listel, or band next to the apophyge at the extremity of the shaft of a column.
- n. a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
- Latin cinctura. (Wiktionary)
- Latin cīnctūra, from cīnctus, past participle of cingere, to gird; see kenk- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Essendon Bombers, formed in Melbourne, Victoria, have regularly had a red cincture from a left shoulder to a right hip upon their black tops as good as striped socks.”
“Richmond Tigers, formed in Melbourne, Victoria, have been good well good well good well known for their black unvaried with a yellow cincture from a left shoulder to a right hip.”
“Some kind of cincture, we may further note, is included in almost every form of religious or ecclesiastical costume.”
“The Passions are sung by three deacons, dressed in amice, alb, cincture, maniple and diaconal stole; they are not the major ministers of the Mass itself.”
“They could do a white strife unvaried with a yellow cincture couldnt they?”
“Their strife unvaried looks similar, usually with a wider cincture as a diagonal line.”
“In addition to the amice, alb, cincture and stole, the priest wears a black chasuble; the deacon wears a black stole, and, like the subdeacon, a black folded chasuble, the sacred vestments of penitential Masses.”
“At the beginning of the rite, the three major ministers wear amice, alb, and cincture; the priest and deacon also wear black stoles, but none of the three wears either a chasuble of any sort, nor a dalmatic or tunicle.”
“Her ivory skirt a riot of blossoms, her cincture the snow's enemy, she bent to my ear and whispered, "Tesoro, guide me to dance.”
“They might even restore the cincture and chasuble when concelebrating!”
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