- 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.
verb (used with object)
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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.
- 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.
Origin of belt
synonym study for belt
OTHER WORDS FROM beltbeltless, adjective
Words nearby belt
What is a basic definition of belt?
A belt is a band of fabric worn around the waist. It is also a long, thin region with distinctive properties, as in a belt of corn fields in a larger farming region. The word belt is also used informally as a verb to mean to sing loudly or to hit something very hard. Belt has several other senses as a noun and a verb.
The word belt most often refers to a band of flexible fabric, like leather, worn around the waist to keep your pants from falling down. Other types of bands worn around the waist include tool belts and championship belts.
Real-life examples: Most clothing stores sell leather belts. A seat belt is worn around the waist while riding in a vehicle to keep you in the seat in case of an emergency. Martial arts groups use colored belts to indicate a person’s mastery level.
Used in a sentence: Batman keeps all of his gadgets in his utility belt.
Similar to the band around your waist, a belt can be a long, thin area with something distinctive about it.
Real-life examples: In the United States, the Bible Belt is an area of the Midwest and South where strong Christian beliefs are very common. The U.S.’s Corn Belt is an area of the Midwest that grows a lot of corn.
Used in a sentence: In history class, we studied the old industries of the Rust Belt in the northeastern U.S.
Belt is also used informally to mean to sing loudly. When used in this sense, belt is often followed with the word out.
Used in a sentence: The rock star belted out all of her greatest hits at the concert.
A slang use of belt means to hit or strike something really hard.
Used in a sentence: The boxer belted his opponent in the face, knocking him unconscious.
Where does belt come from?
The first records of belt come from before the year 1000. It ultimately comes from the Latin balteus, meaning “a belt” or “a girdle.”
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What are some other forms related to belt?
- beltless (adjective)
- belted (adjective)
What are some synonyms for belt?
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How is belt used in real life?
Belt is a common word that is often used to refer to a band worn around the waist.
I’m at the stage of moving where I don’t want to own anything anymore. I will keep a spork in a little pouch on my belt and that’s all I need. Although, I can’t actually find my belt. I think it’s in a box somewhere.
— Allie Larkin (@AllieLarkin) December 27, 2020
Adele songs were made just to be belted out in the car
— Chloé (@ChloeLukasiak) January 19, 2018
Just opened the fridge. Pack of coleslaw dived out and belted me in the face. Coleslaw attacks. Very rare.
— Donna F Dauterive (@DonnaFT118) February 7, 2017
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Example sentences from the Web for belt
He followed through, seizing the belt and casting Woodley into his current descent.As Kamaru Usman edges toward UFC greatness, his former teammate wants to stop him|Glynn A. Hill|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
At the Street Church program, he would quietly give out sandwiches and once noticed a man who would “wear out his belts and shoes a lot,” Mooneyham said.Frank Anderson, 87, cared passionately about feeding the homeless in D.C.|Dana Hedgpeth|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
Avdija, who missed more time than Hachimura and has just three games under his belt after getting out of the league protocols, scored 13 points and shot well in each of his past two games, pulling in seven rebounds Tuesday and four Wednesday.Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija are regaining their footing after missing so much time|Ava Wallace|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
Jim is one of the best pilots I know—calm and extremely skilled, with thousands of hours of mountain flying under his belt.
Retention is going to be a big focus of ours this year now that we have a solid business under our belts.Media Briefing: Media companies’ DE&I follow-throughs fall short|Tim Peterson|February 4, 2021|Digiday
They want to change bad behaviors—tobacco, alcohol, using a seat belt, anything.
Now they are a notch on a belt, and the savior can feel good about themselves.To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show|Samantha Allen|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Det. 2: No, not your belt . . . . Remember being out in the sunroom, the room that sits out to the back of the house?How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not long after, a 10-year-old girl wearing a suicide belt was arrested.
He would laboriously make his way from desk to loo, belt down a few, then return.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His boyish suspenders had been put away in favor of a belt, which was tight-drawn about his slim waist.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
He reached down inside my shirt, with a none too gentle hand, and relieved me of the belt that held the money.
Just smiled, a sardonic sort of grimace, and unbuckled his belt and handed it over without a word.
He put his hand to his belt, screwed up his mug, and said he felt plumb et up inside.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates
A millionaire might offer more for a life belt as a souvenir than a drowning man could pay for it to save his life.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for belt
- boxing below the waist, esp in the groin
- informal in an unscrupulous or cowardly way
- (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
Derived forms of beltbelted, noun
Word Origin for belt
Scientific definitions for belt
Idioms and Phrases with 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