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

  • transitive v. To gird.
  • transitive v. To secure with a girth.
  • transitive v. To measure the girth of.
  • intransitive v. To measure in girth.
  • v. A past tense and a past participle of gird1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A horizontal structural member of post and beam architecture, typically attached to bridge two or more vertical members such as corner posts.
  • v. To gird.
  • v. To bind horizontally, as with a belt or girdle.
  • v. To measure the girth of.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of gird.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of gird.
  • transitive v. To gird; to encircle; to invest by means of a girdle; to measure the girth of.
  • adj. Bound by a cable; -- used of a vessel so moored by two anchors that she swings against one of the cables by force of the current or tide.
  • n. Same as girth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Preterit and past participle of gird.
  • Nautical, having her cables so taut, as a vessel when moored, as to prevent her from swinging to the wind or tide.
  • In entomology, same as braced, 2.
  • Same as gird.
  • n. Same as girth.
  • n. An obsolete preterit and past participle of gird.
  • n. A beam; a small girder; a crosspiece in a frame.
  • To measure or have a girth of: as, the tree girts eight feet.
  • To measure by a girding-line.


Variant of gird1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of girth ("belt, circumference, brace") (Wiktionary)
From Middle English girten ("gird, encircle") (Wiktionary)
See gird (Wiktionary)



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