Definitions

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

  • n. A belt or sash worn around the waist.
  • n. Something that encircles like a belt.
  • n. An elasticized, flexible undergarment worn over the waist and hips, especially by women, to give the body a more slender appearance.
  • n. A band made around the trunk of a tree by the removal of a strip of bark.
  • n. The edge of a cut gem held by the setting.
  • n. Anatomy The pelvic or pectoral girdle.
  • transitive v. To encircle with or as if with a belt. See Synonyms at surround.
  • transitive v. To circle around: a ring of hills that girdled the city.
  • transitive v. To remove a band of bark and cambium from the circumference of (a tree), usually in order to kill it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which girds, encircles, or encloses; a circumference
  • n. A belt; especially, a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist, often used to support stockings or hosiery.
  • n. The zodiac; also, the equator.
  • n. The line of greatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting.
  • n. A thin bed or stratum of stone.
  • n. The clitellum of an earthworm.
  • n. Alternative form of griddle.
  • v. To gird, encircle, or constrain by such means.
  • v. To kill or stunt a tree by removing or inverting a ring of bark.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A griddle.
  • n. That which girds, encircles, or incloses; a circumference; a belt; esp., a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist; a cestus.
  • n. The zodiac; also, the equator.
  • n. The line ofgreatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting. See Illust. of Brilliant.
  • n. A thin bed or stratum of stone.
  • n. The clitellus of an earthworm.
  • n.
  • transitive v. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird.
  • transitive v. To inclose; to environ; to shut in.
  • transitive v. To make a cut or gnaw a groove around (a tree, etc.) through the bark and alburnum, thus killing it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A band, belt, or zone; something drawn round the waist of a person and fastened: as, a girdle of fine linen; a leathern girdle.
  • n. Hence An inclosing circle, or that which encircles; circumference; compass; limit.
  • n. The zodiac (which see).
  • n. In gem-cutting; the line or edge that separates the upper from the lower part of a brilliant or other cut stone. It is parallel to the table and culet, and is the part held by the setting. See cut under brilliant.
  • n. In architecture, a small band or fillet round the shaft of a column.
  • n. In coal-mining, a thin bed of sandstone.
  • n. In anatomy, the osseous arch or bony belt by which either limb or diverging appendage is attached to the axial skeleton; the proximal segment of the appendicular skeleton.
  • n. In botany, a (usually) longitudinal belt formed by the overlapping edges of two valves of a diatom frustule.
  • n. A seaweed, Laminaria digitata, the divisions of whose fronds are strap-like.
  • To encircle or bind with a belt, cord, or sash; gird.
  • To make the circuit of; encompass; environ; inclose; shut in.
  • To draw a line round, as by marking or cutting; specifically, to cut a complete circle round, as a tree or a limb.
  • n. A griddle.
  • n. A ring made round the trunk of a tree by the removal of the bark either purposely or accidentally.
  • n. In earthworms, the cingulum or clitellum.

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

  • n. an encircling or ringlike structure
  • v. cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients
  • v. put a girdle on or around
  • n. a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
  • n. a woman's close-fitting foundation garment

Etymologies

Middle English girdel, from Old English gyrdel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English grydel. (Wiktionary)

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  • A circular plate of cast iron for toasting cakes over the fire. --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    June 13, 2011


  • Though you are too old
    too tough for flowers
    you bear your girdle
    of leaf scars belligerently
    lizard-skin armour harking back
    to dinosaurs you have outlived.

    - Kaye Aldenhoven, 'Cycas armstrongii: phoenix rising'.

    September 16, 2008