Pan Am was once an imperial power in its own right, girdling the globe.
When summer comes, adult beetles attack and larva feed in the cambium layer, girdling the trees and sealing their doom.
If girdling results at the top, it is not objectionable as the head of the vine should be below rather than above the wire.
This, however, may not happen until several months after the girdling.
To meet these special conditions the Indian makes new clearings by girdling and burning the trees.
There is a great saddling and girdling, neighing and stamping.
At the horizon, the blue fantastic outline of girdling hills mingles with the clouds.
But methods such as girdling, slash and burn, and the rest, came almost directly from Indian technology.
The next instant Legree's blacksnake whip had curled itself about the ruffian's left wrist, girdling the skin like a loop of fire.
The girdling arm lifted higher and drew her toward him, drew her slowly and caressingly.
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.