from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To encircle with or as if with a band.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bind with a band or girdle.
- v. To encircle, surround, as with a gird; inclose; encompass.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To bind with a band or girdle; to gird.
- transitive v. To surround as with a band; to encompass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bind with a band or girdle.
- To surround; inclose; encompass.
Vnd do eins tages war, do hatt si grosse begird únsern herren ze empfahen.
Chammath, -- and on another, the most fruitful country Gennesaret adjacent, -- did every way begird this city, when it was built, with pleasure and delight.
Next day Sabinus drew up his army in view of the enemy, on ground equal to both; to try, if elated with their success by night, they would venture a battle: and, when they still kept within the fortress, or on the cluster of hills, he began to begird them with a siege; and strengthening his old lines and adding new, enclosed a circuit of four miles.
I honestly believe that his performance would beat down the frigid steel ramparts that begird the English "lady."
But there was one of them that could not do so, because Harold bore off that skin wherewith she was wont to begird herself, and when she found it not she wailed and wept and besought Harold to give her that skin again, -- and, lo! it was
E'er shall avail her neck to begird with yesterday's ribband.
Were a power to begird us with a tyrant at its head, and pronounce an interdict upon such means of freeing ourselves from the disadvantages that now oppress us, not only should we submit to the small expense necessary for its accomplishment, but we should feel the wrong of being denied our privileges, our hands would be upon our swords, our appeal would be to the God of battles, nor would streams of blood and treasure stop us in advancing to it.
"Angels begird me, Pretty Pierre, but it's little I'd like you for enemy