Definitions

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

  • noun The act of encircling or encompassing.
  • noun Something that encircles or surrounds.
  • noun A belt or sash, especially one worn with an ecclesiastical vestment or the habit of a monk or nun.
  • transitive verb To gird; encompass.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A belt, girdle, or band worn round the body or round a part of it.
  • noun Specifically The girdle used to confine a clergyman's cassock, usually of the color of the cassock and made of silk or serge.
  • noun Hence Something resembling a belt or girdle.
  • noun That which encompasses or incloses; inclosure; barrier; circuit; fence.
  • noun In architecture, a raised ring or a list around a column.

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

  • noun A belt, a girdle, or something worn round the body, -- as by an ecclesiastic for confining the alb.
  • noun That which encompasses or incloses; an inclosure.
  • noun (Arch.) The fillet, listel, or band next to the apophyge at the extremity of the shaft of a column.

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

  • noun An enclosure, or the act of enclosing, encircling or encompassing
  • noun A girdle or belt, especially as part of a vestment
  • noun architecture The fillet, listel, or band next to the apophyge at the extremity of the shaft of a column.
  • verb to girdle, circle, or surround

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

  • noun a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers

Etymologies

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

[Latin cīnctūra, from cīnctus, past participle of cingere, to gird; see kenk- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin cinctura.

Examples

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  • girding, encompassing."...cincture of his headband.." Drop City, TC Boyle.

    March 3, 2008

  • For me,

    You stand poised

    In the blue and buoyant air,

    Cinctured by bright winds,

    Treading the sunlight.

    And the waves which precede you

    Ripple and stir

    The sands at your feet.

    - Amy Lowell, 'Venus Transiens'.

    October 4, 2008

  • In many churches, the cincture is a rope belt (often white) tied about the waist over an alb. I was going to say "not flat" but some cassocks use a flat cincture.

    In a number of monastic orders (such as the Society of Saint John the Evangelist), there are knots tied at the end of the cincture -- the number of knots indicates the 'rank' of the monk or novice.

    June 7, 2009