from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An elasticized band worn around the leg to hold up a stocking or sock.
- n. A suspender strap with a fastener attached to a girdle or belt to hold up a stocking or sock.
- n. An elasticized band worn around the arm to keep the sleeve pushed up.
- n. The badge of the Order of the Garter.
- n. The order itself.
- n. Membership in the order.
- transitive v. To fasten and hold with a garter.
- transitive v. To put a garter on.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A band worn around the leg to hold up a sock or stocking.
- v. to fasten with a garter
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A band used to prevent a stocking from slipping down on the leg.
- n. The distinguishing badge of the highest order of knighthood in Great Britain, called the Order of the Garter, instituted by Edward III.; also, the Order itself.
- n. Same as Bendlet.
- transitive v. To bind with a garter.
- transitive v. To invest with the Order of the Garter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tie or fastening to keep the stocking in place on the leg; especially, a band passing round the leg, either above or below the knee.
- n. The badge of the Order of the Garter (which see, below); hence, membership in the order; also [capitalized], the order itself: as, to confer or to receive the garter; a knight of the Garter.
- n. In heraldry, same as bendlet, : sometimes taken as occupying half the space of the bendlet, or quarter of the bend.
- n. [capitalized] An abbreviation of Garter king-at-arms (which see, below).
- n. plural In a circus, the tapes that are held up for a performer to leap over.
- n. A semicircular key in a bench-vise.
- n. In printing, an iron band which prevented the splitting of the wooden box that resisted the impression-spindle of the old form of handpress.
- To bind with a garter.
- To invest with the garter, as a member of the Order of the Garter.
- n. plural Leg-irons or shackles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. fasten with or as if with a garter
- n. a band (usually elastic) worn around the leg to hold up a stocking (or around the arm to hold up a sleeve)
Middle English, band to support socks, from Old North French gartier, from garet, bend of the knee, probably of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French gartier, jartier, from garet, jaret. Cognate with French jarretière. (Wiktionary)