from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To encircle or surround with or as if with a girdle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To encircle as if with a girdle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To surround as with a girdle; to girdle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To inclose; surround.
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As all men know, somewhere in the great seas that engirdle our dominion, somewhere beyond the Ultimate Thule, there rangeth a vast monster, intolerable, not to be borne.
She ceased to resist so ardently, let the anguish engirdle her, do its worst.
Why engirdle its waist in warmth and cordage, and expose its feet to every storm and frost, to mud and snow?
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It would be a society of scouts for observing and recording sunbeams, and the members would engirdle the earth in quest of good news.
The cirri of one set, the anterior, extend forward about twice the length of the anterior half; those of the posterior set closely engirdle the lower half, reaching not quite to the posterior extremity.
"The seas which engirdle this island," the Ambassador said thoughtfully,
If you choose, plant the foot of the ladder in a fiery test and engirdle each round with a forest of thorns.
The allied forces stood behind Schweidnitz, and by the same marvelous strategy as of old the various corps of the French army were disposed, under Ney, Lauriston, Reynier, Macdonald, and Bertrand, so as virtually to engirdle the enemy.
That engirdle the brows of the day when he sinks with a spasm into rest
They made the special effects, indeed, wrought in the fluid by special impulses, the subject of exact calculation -- so that it became easy to determine in what precise period an impulse of given extent would engirdle the orb, and impress (for ever) every atom of the atmosphere circumambient.