It is girdled round by savage cliffs, which, on the northern side, jut out in a bold headland to the water's edge.
It is the bath of the girdled Earth, perfumed with balms and essences.
Close beneath her breast it was girdled by a golden cord, leaving her arms and shoulders bare.
Neither has he girdled her about with cloud nor stood stars upon her forehead.
He wore a black, broad-brimmed sombrero, girdled by a thick band of gold bullion.
The Baroness snatched a fan which girdled her, and tapped him with it reprovingly.
The tree was girdled with the bullets, and one took effect in the thigh of the Sergeant.
A terrestrial nucleus, therefore, is girdled by the arctic sea.
It sank in Rhoda like the preaching of an end that was promise of a beginning, and girdled a distancing land of trouble.
I have surprised the girdled Anthidium cohabiting with a Bembex-wasp.
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.