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

  • noun The distance around something; the circumference.
  • noun Size; bulk.
  • noun A strap encircling an animal's body in order to secure a load or saddle on its back; a cinch.
  • transitive verb To measure the circumference of.
  • transitive verb To encircle.
  • transitive verb To secure with a girth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bind with a girth.
  • To encircle or surround with a measuring-line, as in measuring moldings, etc.
  • noun A band or girdle; especially, a band passed under the belly of a horse or other animal, and drawn tight and fastened, to secure a saddle or a pack on its back.
  • noun The measure round a person's body or round a pillar, tree, or anything of a cylindrical or roundish shape.
  • noun A girdling; a circuit; a perimeter; an encircling inclosure.
  • noun In car-building, a long horizontal bracing-timber on the inside of the frame of a box-car.
  • noun In. printing, one of two bands of leather or stout webbing (also called straps) attached to the rounce of a hand-press, used for running the carriage in and out.

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

  • transitive verb rare To bind as with a girth.
  • noun A band or strap which encircles the body; especially, one by which a saddle is fastened upon the back of a horse.
  • noun The measure around any object, such as a body at the waist or belly, or a box ; the circumference of anything.
  • noun A small horizontal brace or girder.

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

  • noun The distance measured around an object.
  • noun A band passed under the belly of an animal to hold various types of saddles in place.
  • noun informal One's waistline circumference, most often a large one.
  • verb To bind as if with a girth or band.

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

  • verb tie a cinch around
  • noun stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
  • noun the distance around a person's body

Etymologies

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

[Middle English gerth, girth strap, from Old Norse gjördh, girdle; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old Norse gjǫrð (whence the Icelandic gjörð), akin to Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌳𐌰 (gairda), German Gurt. Cognate with Albanian ngërthej ("to tie, bind, fasten").

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