- a lightweight undergarment, worn especially by women, often partly or entirely of elastic or boned, for supporting and giving a slimmer appearance to the abdomen, hips, and buttocks.
- a belt, cord, sash, or the like, worn about the waist.
- anything that encircles, confines, or limits.
- Jewelry. the edge or narrow band between the upper and lower facets of a gem.
- Anatomy. the bony framework that unites the upper or lower extremities to the axial skeleton.
- Architecture. an ornamental band, especially one surrounding the shaft of a column.
- a ring made about a tree trunk, branch, etc., by removing a band of bark.
- to encircle with a belt; gird.
- to encompass; enclose; encircle.
- to move around (something or someone) in a circle.
- to cut away the bark and cambium in a ring around (a tree, branch, etc.).
- Jewelry. round1(def 49).
Origin of girdle
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Examples from the Web for girdle
Regarding only what is below the girdle,” he added, “it is impossible…to know an old from a young one.What the Sex Lives of the Founding Fathers Reveal About Us
February 21, 2014
“A source says Brad has been sporting a girdle to control his pudgy midsection recently,” the magazine wrote.Brad Pitt Might Wear Man Spanx; Lena Dunham Doesn't Want a Victoria's Secret Model Body
The Fashion Beast Team
March 15, 2013
That bag at his girdle is full of the teeth that he drew at Winchester fair.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He took it from his girdle warped by the wet and the warmth of his body.The Trail Book
He loosened his girdle, and struck the tree with it three times.
When you get there you must loosen your girdle and strike the tree with it three times in succession.
Then she lifted the cross that hung from her girdle, and held it out to the sister.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
- to put a girdle on or around
- to surround or encircle
- to remove a ring of bark from (a tree or branch), thus causing it to die
- Scot and Northern English dialect another word for griddle
Word Origin and History for girdle
Old English gyrdel "belt, sash, cord about the waist," common Germanic. (cf. Old Norse gyrðill, Swedish gördel, Old Frisian gerdel, Dutch gordel, Old High German gurtil, German Gürtel "belt"), related to Old English gyrdan "to gird" (see gird). Modern euphemistic sense of "elastic corset" first recorded 1925. The verb meaning "encircle with a girdle" is attested from 1580s. Meaning "to cut off a belt of bark around a trunk to kill a tree" is from 1660s. Related: Girdled; girdling.
- Something that encircles like a belt.
- An elasticized, flexible undergarment worn over the waist and hips.
- The pelvic or pectoral girdle.
- To kill a tree or woody shrub by removing or destroying a band of bark and cambium from its circumference. The plants die because the distribution of food down from the leaves (through the phloem) and sometimes the flow of water and nutrients up from the roots (through the xylem) is disrupted, and the cambium can no longer regenerate these vascular tissues to repair the damage. Unwanted trees, such as invasive or nonnative species, are often eliminated by girdling. Some plant diseases kill trees by destroying a ring of cambium and so girdling them. Gnawing animals, especially rodents, can also girdle trees.