Definitions

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

  • n. A close-fitting undergarment, often reinforced by stays, worn to support and shape the waistline, hips, and breasts.
  • n. A medieval outer garment, especially a laced jacket or bodice.
  • transitive v. To enclose in or as if in a corset.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman's foundation garment, reinforced with stays, that supports the waistline, hips and bust.
  • v. To enclose in a corset; to wear a corset.
  • v. To restrict or confine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In the Middle Ages, a gown or basque of which the body was close fitting, worn by both men and women.
  • n. An article of dress inclosing the chest and waist worn (chiefly by women) to support the body or to modify its shape; stays.
  • transitive v. To inclose in corsets.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the middle ages, a close-fitting body-garment.
  • n. A similar garment stuffed and quilted to form a garment of fence; a piece of armor, similar to the gambeson, worn by crossbowmen and foot-soldiers about 1475.
  • n. A shaped, close-fitting body or waist, usually made of quilted satin jean, stiffened by strips of steel or whalebone, and so designed as to admit of tightening by lacing, worn chiefly by women to give shape and support to the figure; stays. Often in plural, corsets.
  • To inclose in a corset.

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

  • n. a woman's close-fitting foundation garment
  • v. dress with a corset

Etymologies

Middle English, bodice, from Old French, diminutive of cors, body, from Latin corpus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French corset, from cors ("body") (modern French corps + -et. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Instead of a stable pyramid, then, think of an expanded yet still exhausted service taking on a more unstable, hourglass shape: heavy at the top with long-serving colonels and generals, heavy at the bottom with 'green' privates and lieutenants, but corseted at its essential core due to shortages of experienced platoon sergeants and battle-hardened company and battalion commanders."
    - William Astore, They’re Wasted: The Price of Pushing Our Troops Too Far, tomdispatch.com, 16 Dec 2009.

    December 16, 2009

  • Corset isn't very comfortable for the wearer.

    September 8, 2009