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

  • n. Belts considered as a group.
  • n. The material used to make belts.
  • n. Slang A beating or thrashing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of belt.
  • n. A beating with a belt.
  • n. A thorough defeat; a thrashing.
  • n. A system of beltwork, as in a conveyor or other mechanical device.
  • n. The material from which belts for machinery are made.
  • adj. very good; exceptional (can also be used adverbially)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The material of which belts for machinery are made; also, belts, taken collectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Belts collectively or in general; the material of which belts are made. See belt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the material of which belts are made


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