from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A girth that binds a saddle, pack, or blanket to the body of a horse.
- n. Archaic The fastening belt on a clerical cassock; a cincture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a long unpadded strap to pass over and keep in place a blanket, pack or saddle on an animal
- n. a piece of tack wrapped around the belly of a horse, to use when longeing, also know as lungeing; (roller in UK and Australasia)
- n. a girdle to fasten a garment, especially a cassock
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A belt, band, or girth which passes over a saddle, or over anything laid on a horse's back, to bind it fast.
- n. The girdle of a cassock, by which it is fastened round the waist.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A girth for a horse; especially, a girth separate from the saddle and passing around the body of the horse, retaining in place a blanket, a sheet, or the like, by passing over it.
- n. The girdle with which a garment, especially a cassock, is fastened. Compare cincture.
- n. Same as cauda striati (which see, under cauda).
- To gird or surround with a surcingle, as a horse.
- To secure by means of a surcingle, as a blanket or the saddle.
Middle English sursengle, from Old French surcengle : sur-, sur- + cengle, belt (from Latin cingula, from cingere, to gird; see cingulum).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French surcengle, formed with sur ("over") and cengle ("girdle"). (Wiktionary)