- 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 girdling
Pan Am was once an imperial power in its own right, girdling the globe.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!
December 18, 2014
When summer comes, adult beetles attack and larva feed in the cambium layer, girdling the trees and sealing their doom.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
This, however, may not happen until several months after the girdling.Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
There is a great saddling and girdling, neighing and stamping.Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
It is girdling the tree now, so as to destroy it more early next year.The Library and Society
If girdling results at the top, it is not objectionable as the head of the vine should be below rather than above the wire.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
But methods such as girdling, slash and burn, and the rest, came almost directly from Indian technology.
- 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 girdling
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.