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waistline

[weyst-lahyn] /ˈweɪstˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
the circumference of the body at the waist:
exercises to reduce the waistline.
2.
the part of a garment that lies at or near the natural waistline, as the seam where the skirt and bodice of a dress are joined.
3.
an imaginary line encircling the waist.
Origin of waistline
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900; waist + line1
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Examples from the Web for waistline
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  • He put his arms manfully about the waistline of the flowery blouse.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • A little work in the shops will take some of that waistline off you!

    The Revolt on Venus Carey Rockwell
  • You, your waistline, legs, lungs and reflexes will never regret it.

    Squash Tennis Richard C. Squires
  • He discovered that, supported at the waistline, she could be wheeled very nicely.

    New Faces Myra Kelly
  • Tom Reade was now submerged to his waistline in the engulfing sand.

    The Young Engineers in Arizona H. Irving Hancock
British Dictionary definitions for waistline

waistline

/ˈweɪstˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
a line or indentation around the body at the narrowest part of the waist
2.
the intersection of the bodice and the skirt of a dress, etc, or the level of this: a low waistline
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Word Origin and History for waistline
n.

also waist-line, 1867, from waist + line (n.).

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