from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To encircle with a belt or band.
- transitive v. To fasten or secure (clothing, for example) with a belt or band.
- transitive v. To surround. See Synonyms at surround.
- transitive v. To equip or endow.
- transitive v. To prepare (oneself) for action.
- intransitive v. To prepare for action: "Men still spoke of peace but girded more sternly for war” ( W. Bruce Lincoln).
- idiom gird (up) (one's) loins To summon up one's inner resources in preparation for action.
- transitive v. To jeer or jeer at.
- n. A sarcastic remark.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bind with a flexible rope or cord.
- v. To encircle with, or as if with a belt.
- n. A sarcastic remark.
- v. To jeer at.
- v. To jeer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stroke with a rod or switch; a severe spasm; a twinge; a pang.
- n. A cut; a sarcastic remark; a gibe; a sneer.
- transitive v. To strike; to smite.
- transitive v. To sneer at; to mock; to gibe.
- intransitive v. To gibe; to sneer; to break a scornful jest; to utter severe sarcasms.
- transitive v. To encircle or bind with any flexible band.
- transitive v. To make fast, as clothing, by binding with a cord, girdle, bandage, etc.
- transitive v. To surround; to encircle, or encompass.
- transitive v. To clothe; to swathe; to invest.
- transitive v. To prepare; to make ready; to equip.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bind or confine by encircling with any flexible material, as a cord, bandage, or cloth: as, to gird waist with a sash.
- To make fast by binding; put on by tying or fastening: usually with on: to gird on a sword.
- To surround; encircle; encompass; inclose.
- To invest; clothe; dress; furnish; endue.
- Hence— Figuratively, to brace the mind or spirit for any effort or trial.
- n. A hoop, especially one for a barrel, tub, or the like.
- To strike; smite.
- To lash with the tongue; gibe; reproach severely; taunt; upbraid.
- To leap or spring with violence; rush.
- To gibe; jeer; mock.
- n. A stroke with a switch or whip; hence, a twinge or pang.
- n. A short sudden effort; a spurt.
- n. A sneer; a gibe; a taunt; a stroke of sarcasm.
- n. Twist, used for binding together the fibers of yarn in the process of spinning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. prepare oneself for a military confrontation
- v. put a girdle on or around
- v. bind with something round or circular
Middle English girden, from Old English gyrdan; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
Middle English girden, to strike.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English gyrdan ("to put a belt around, to put a girdle around"). Cognate with Albanian ngërthej ("to tie together by weaving, to bind"). (Wiktionary)