- the part of the body in humans between the ribs and the hips, usually the narrowest part of the torso.
- the part of a garment covering this part of the body.
- blouse(def 1).
- the part of a one-piece garment covering the body from the neck or shoulders more or less to the waistline, especially this part of a woman's or child's garment.
- a child's undergarment to which other articles of apparel may be attached.
- the part of an object, especially a central or middle part, that resembles or is analogous to the human waist: the waist of a violin.
- Nautical. the central part of a ship; that part of the deck between the forecastle and the quarterdeck.
- the constricted portion of the abdomen of certain insects, as a wasp.
Origin of waist
Examples from the Web for waist
She is wearing a crop top, and Andrew has his arm wrapped around her waist.Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’
January 4, 2015
He was paralyzed from the waist down, a World War II veteran and had six weeks to live.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Another model, covered from head to waist in white flowers, danced.Gareth Pugh's Fashion Show Lacked Fashion, But Not Passion
September 5, 2014
A naked dancer held a towel around his waist as he slicks back his hair in the ladies toilets.Inside London's Underground Burlesque and Fetish Scene
August 12, 2014
She says her posts have changed from flirty Maxim-style bikini shots to controlled images from the waist up.Porn Stars Want to Know: Why Did Facebook Delete Me?
August 2, 2014
His arm was about her waist, and hers rested on his shoulder.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Stand fast with the anchors in the waist, and be ready for a cast.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Johnny Rosenfeld still lay in his ward, inert from the waist down.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Sikh wears his hair down to his waist; the Pathan shaves his head.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
So she ran and sat down behind her husband, clasping him round the waist.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
- anatomy the constricted part of the trunk between the ribs and hips
- the part of a garment covering the waist
- the middle part of an object that resembles the waist in narrowness or position
- the middle part of a ship
- Also called: centre section the middle section of an aircraft fuselage
- the constriction between the thorax and abdomen in wasps and similar insects
Word Origin and History for waist
"middle part of the body," also "part of a garment fitted for the waist," late 14c., probably from Old English *wæst "growth," hence, "where the body grows," from Proto-Germanic *wahs-tu- (cf. Old English wæstm, Old Norse vaxtr, Swedish växt, Old High German wahst "growth, increase," Gothic wahstus "stature," Old English weaxan "to grow" see wax (v.)), from PIE *wegs-, extended form of root *aug- "to increase" (see augment). Meaning "portion of a garment that covers the waist" (but, due to fashion styles, often is above or below it) is from 1640s.
- The part of the human trunk between the bottom of the rib cage and the pelvis.
- The middle section or part of an object, especially when narrower than the rest.