American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To encircle with a belt or band.
- v. To fasten or secure (clothing, for example) with a belt or band.
- v. To surround. See Synonyms at surround.
- v. To equip or endow.
- v. To prepare (oneself) for action.
- 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.
- v. To jeer or jeer at.
- n. A sarcastic remark.
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.
- v. transitive To bind with a flexible rope or cord.
- v. transitive To encircle with, or as if with a belt.
- n. A sarcastic remark.
- v. transitive To jeer at.
- v. intransitive To jeer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. obsolete To strike; to smite.
- v. To sneer at; to mock; to gibe.
- v. To gibe; to sneer; to break a scornful jest; to utter severe sarcasms.
- v. To encircle or bind with any flexible band.
- v. To make fast, as clothing, by binding with a cord, girdle, bandage, etc.
- v. To surround; to encircle, or encompass.
- v. To clothe; to swathe; to invest.
- v. To prepare; to make ready; to equip.
- v. prepare oneself for a military confrontation
- v. put a girdle on or around
- v. bind with something round or circular
- 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)
- 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)
“So "gird" -- put on one the bonds of a prisoner instead of the ordinary girdle (Joh 21: 18).”
“110: "This coat of mail, this sword gird on," he said,”
“Man's wrath praises God by its futility before His power. restrain -- or, "gird"; that is, Thyself, as with a sword, with which to destroy, or as an ornament to Thy praise.”
“You made a few good observations, however, I don't quite know what a "gird" system is!”
“Gates, who is expected to leave his post later this year, predicted a greater role for the Navy and Air Force in the future and warned the Army to gird itself for a period of relative austerity compared with the gusher of defense spending that has sustained it over the past eight years.”
“Dig in and gird yourself for a long battle, because with the caliber of the horses in this showdown, we expect this seesaw battle to continue all season long, right down to the wire next spring when the OHL playoffs commence.”
“So why gird ourselves for a fight with Iran, a proud country of 75 million people with whom we cannot go to war without taking leave of our senses?”
“To gird against this, the major credit-card companies in 2006 formed an industry group called the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, which establishes minimum technical protections for businesses that accept credit cards.”
“The class struggle is here, and the optimistic American had better gird himself for the fray and put a stop to it, rather than sit idly declaiming that what ought not to be is not, and never will be.”
“Kindly genuflect before reading the linked article and gird yourself against the blasphemous comments of the infidel Bowman.”
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