Definition of Girdle

1. Noun. An encircling or ringlike structure.

Generic synonyms: Skeletal Structure
Specialized synonyms: Pectoral Girdle, Hip, Pelvic Arch, Pelvic Girdle, Pelvis

2. Verb. Cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients. "Girdle the plant"
Exact synonyms: Deaden
Category relationships: Flora, Plant, Plant Life
Generic synonyms: Incise

3. Noun. A band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers.
Exact synonyms: Cincture, Sash, Waistband, Waistcloth
Generic synonyms: Band
Specialized synonyms: Cummerbund

4. Verb. Put a girdle on or around. "Gird your loins"
Exact synonyms: Gird
Generic synonyms: Border, Environ, Ring, Skirt, Surround

5. Noun. A woman's close-fitting foundation garment.
Exact synonyms: Corset, Stays
Generic synonyms: Foundation, Foundation Garment
Specialized synonyms: Panty Girdle
Derivative terms: Corset

Definition of Girdle

1. n. A griddle.

2. 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.

3. v. t. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird.

Definition of Girdle

1. Noun. That which girds, encircles, or encloses; a circumference ¹

2. Noun. A belt; especially, a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist, often used to support stockings or hosiery. ¹

3. Noun. The zodiac; also, the equator. ¹

4. Noun. The line of greatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting. ¹

5. Noun. A thin bed or stratum of stone. ¹

6. Noun. The clitellum of an earthworm. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To gird, encircle, or constrain by such means. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To kill or stunt a tree by removing or inverting a ring of bark. ¹

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Definition of Girdle

1. to encircle with a belt [v -DLED, -DLING, -DLES]

Medical Definition of Girdle

1. To kill a tree by severing or removing the living layer of the tree (the phloem) in a ring around its trunk. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Girdle

gird up one's loins
girdle (current term)
girdle anaesthesia
girdle pain
girdle sensation

Literary usage of Girdle

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"The intermediate position of the plexus, the occurrence of symmetrical variation in position of girdle ; of asymmetrically placed girdles and of ..."

2. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"He hat a large mouth but mall girdle. Great expenses but small means. The girdle is the purse ... He has undone her girdle. Taken her for his wedded wife. ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1902)
"girdle is not homologous throughout the members of the same species, but that two-thirds of the morphological elements of the girdle arc capable of ..."

4. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (1901)
"Surirella elegans Ehr. a, inner primary girdle; b, outer primary girdle; a', inner secondary girdle; b', outer secondary girdle; c, arrangement of parts ..."

5. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1883)
"4). developed independently, and Bunge states that it fuses with the rest of the girdle on about the eighth day of incubation. I find that all the elements ..."

6. A Glossary; Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1867)
"girdle. Shakespeare has several times used to girdle, for to enclose or embrace. ... Kissing thy girdle-steed with falling pride r Excellent easily : divide ..."

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