Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A flexible band, as of leather or cloth, worn around the waist or over a shoulder to support clothing, secure tools or weapons, or serve as decoration.
  • noun Something resembling a belt, as a number of machine-gun rounds attached together in a strip.
  • noun An encircling route.
  • noun A seat belt or safety belt.
  • noun A continuous band or chain for transferring motion or power or conveying materials from one wheel or shaft to another.
  • noun A band of tough reinforcing material beneath the tread of a tire.
  • noun A usually bandlike geographic region that is distinctive in a specific respect. Often used in combination.
  • noun Slang A powerful blow; a wallop.
  • noun Slang A strong emotional reaction.
  • noun Slang A drink of hard liquor.
  • transitive verb To equip, support, or attach with a belt.
  • transitive verb To encircle or mark in the manner of a belt.
  • transitive verb To beat with a belt or strap.
  • transitive verb Slang To strike forcefully; hit.
  • transitive verb Slang To sing in a loud and forceful manner.
  • transitive verb Slang To swig (an alcoholic beverage).
  • idiom (below the belt) Not according to the rules; unfairly.
  • idiom (tighten (one's) belt) To begin to exercise thrift and frugality.
  • idiom (under (one's) belt) In one's possession or experience.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To gird with a belt; specifically, to invest with a distinctive belt, as in knighting some one.
  • To fasten or secure with a belt; gird: as, to belt on a sword.
  • To encircle; surround as if with a belt or girdle.
  • To strike with or as with a belt; strap; flog.
  • noun In a war-ship, the side of the vessel, in the vicinity of the water-line, protected by external armor-plating. A complete belt is one in which the armor extends from stem to stern: a partial belt extends over only part of the length.
  • noun In archery, a strap for suspending the quiver: usually worn round the waist of the archer.
  • noun A broad flat strip or strap of leather or other flexible material, used to encircle the waist; a girdle; cincture; zone; band.
  • noun Any broad band or strip of leather or other flexible material, designed to pass round anything, with its ends joined.
  • noun Any broad band or stripe or continuous broad line distinguished in color or otherwise from adjacent objects, and encircling or appearing to encircle something.
  • noun In masonry, a band or string-course.
  • noun That which restrains or confines like a girdle.
  • noun A disease among sheep

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To encircle with, or as with, a belt; to encompass; to surround.
  • transitive verb Prov. Eng. To shear, as the buttocks and tails of sheep.
  • noun That which engirdles a person or thing; a band or girdle.
  • noun That which restrains or confines as a girdle.
  • noun Anything that resembles a belt, or that encircles or crosses like a belt; a strip or stripe.
  • noun (Arch.) Same as Band, n., 2. A very broad band is more properly termed a belt.
  • noun (Astron.) One of certain girdles or zones on the surface of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, supposed to be of the nature of clouds.
  • noun (Geog.) A narrow passage or strait.
  • noun (Her.) A token or badge of knightly rank.
  • noun (Mech.) A band of leather, or other flexible substance, passing around two wheels, and communicating motion from one to the other.
  • noun (Nat. Hist.) A band or stripe, as of color, round any organ; or any circular ridge or series of ridges.
  • noun thongs used for lacing together the ends of machine belting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A band worn around the waist to hold clothing to one's body (usually pants), hold weapons (such as a gun or sword), or serve as a decorative piece of clothing.
  • noun A band used as a restraint for safety purposes, such as a seat belt.
  • noun A band that is used in a machine to help transfer motion or power.
  • noun A powerful blow, often made with a fist or heavy object.
  • noun A quick drink of liquor.
  • noun usually capitalized A geographical region known for a particular product, feature or demographic (Corn Belt, Bible Belt, Black Belt, Green Belt).

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English, ultimately from Latin balteus.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old English belt ("belt, girdle"), from Proto-Germanic *baltijaz (“girdle, belt”), from Latin balteus ("belt, sword-belt"), of Etruscan origin. Cognate with Danish belte ("belt"), Swedish bälte ("belt, cincture, girdle, zone"), Icelandic belti ("belt") and Albanian bel ("waist").

Examples

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