[ belt ]
/ bɛlt /
a band of flexible material, as leather or cord, for encircling the waist.
any encircling or transverse band, strip, or stripe.
an elongated region having distinctive properties or characteristics: a belt of cotton plantations.
Machinery. an endless flexible band passing about two or more pulleys, used to transmit motion from one pulley to the other or others or to convey materials and objects.
- a cloth strip with loops or a series of metal links with grips, for holding cartridges fed into an automatic gun.
- a band of leather or webbing, worn around the waist and used as a support for weapons, ammunition, etc.
a series of armor plates forming part of the hull of a warship.
a broad, flexible strip of rubber, canvas, wood, etc., moved along the surface of a fresh concrete pavement to put a finish on it after it has been floated.
a road, railroad, or the like, encircling an urban center to handle peripheral traffic.
Slang. a hard blow or hit.
Slang. a shot of liquor, especially as swallowed in one gulp.
Automotive. a strip of material used in a type of motor-vehicle tire (belted tire), where it is placed between the carcass and the tread for reinforcement.
verb (used with object)
to gird or furnish with a belt.
to surround or mark as if with a belt or band: Garbage cans were belted with orange paint.
to fasten on (a sword, gun, etc.) by means of a belt.
to beat with or as if with a belt, strap, etc.
Slang. to hit very hard, far, etc.: You were lucky he didn't belt you in the mouth when you said that. He belted a triple to right field.
Informal. to sing (a song) loudly and energetically (sometimes followed by out): She can belt out a number with the best of them.
Slang. to drink (a shot of liquor) quickly, especially in one gulp (sometimes followed by down): He belted a few and went back out into the cold.
Words nearby belt
Idioms for belt
- to undergo hardship patiently.
- to curtail one's expenditures; be more frugal: They were urged to tighten their belts for the war effort.
below the belt, not in accord with the principles of fairness, decency, or good sportsmanship: criticism that hit below the belt.
tighten one's belt,
- in one's stomach, as food or drink: With a few Scotches under his belt, he's everyone's friend.
- considered as a matter of successful past experience: I don't think our lawyer has enough similar cases under his belt.
under one's belt, Informal.
Origin of belt
before 1000; Middle English; Old English; compare Old High German balz; both < Latin balteus; see balteus
OTHER WORDS FROM beltbelt·less, adjective
synonym study for belt
3. Belt and zone agree in their original meaning of a girdle or band. Belt is more used in popular or journalistic writing: the corn or wheat belt. Zone tends to be used in technical language: the Torrid Zone; a parcel-post zone.
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British Dictionary definitions for below the belt
/ (bɛlt) /
a band of cloth, leather, etc, worn, usually around the waist, to support clothing, carry tools, weapons, or ammunition, or as decoration
a narrow band, circle, or stripe, as of colour
an area, esp an elongated one, where a specific thing or specific conditions are found; zonethe town belt; a belt of high pressure
a belt worn as a symbol of rank (as by a knight or an earl), or awarded as a prize (as in boxing or wrestling), or to mark particular expertise (as in judo or karate)
See seat belt
a band of flexible material between rotating shafts or pulleys to transfer motion or transmit goodsa fan belt; a conveyer belt
a beltcourseSee cordon (def. 4)
informal a sharp blow, as with a bat or the fist
below the belt
- boxing below the waist, esp in the groin
- informal in an unscrupulous or cowardly way
tighten one's belt to take measures to reduce expenditure
under one's belt
- (of food or drink) in one's stomach
- in one's possession
- as part of one's experiencehe had a linguistics degree under his belt
(tr) to fasten or attach with or as if with a belt
(tr) to hit with a belt
(tr) slang to give a sharp blow; punch
(intr often foll by along) slang to move very fast, esp in a carbelting down the motorway
(tr) rare to mark with belts, as of colour
(tr) rare to encircle; surround
Derived forms of beltbelted, noun
Word Origin for belt
Old English, from Latin balteus
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Scientific definitions for below the belt
[ bĕlt ]
A geographic region that is distinctive in a specific respect.
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Idioms and Phrases with below the belt
In addition to the idioms beginning with belt
- belt down
- belt out
- below the belt
- bible belt
- sun belt
- tighten one's belt
- under one's belt
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