Regarding only what is below the girdle,” he added, “it is impossible…to know an old from a young one.
“A source says Brad has been sporting a girdle to control his pudgy midsection recently,” the magazine wrote.
His girdle and the scabbard of his sword were of cloth of silver, with golden buckles.
When he was not in mourning there was nothing missing from his girdle.
With one hand he clutched at the dressing-gown, the girdle of which was trailing behind him.
The second thought here is, What we are to wear the apron or girdle for?
One hand, the left, is at rest; the other holds a tassel hanging from a girdle.
There was a knife in his girdle, and in his hands a long rifle.
Then went the gentlewoman and set it on the girdle of the sword.
The servants led her then to bed, But could not loose her girdle red!
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.
girdle gir·dle (gûr'dl)
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.