- 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.
- 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.
- 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,
- to undergo hardship patiently.
- to curtail one's expenditures; be more frugal: They were urged to tighten their belts for the war effort.
- under one's belt, Informal.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for belt
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
December 19, 2014
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
December 16, 2014
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
December 13, 2014
With one successful mission under its belt, the OSS began to use Schwend as a “bird dog” for other hidden assets.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner
September 20, 2014
It was late in my career and I was already famous with hundreds of movies under my belt, but nothing like this.My ‘Kink’ Nightmare: James Franco’s BDSM Porn Documentary ‘Kink’ Only Tells Part of the Story
August 30, 2014
The belt and the guns were tossed onto the bed, and Hal Dozier sat down.Way of the Lawless
Brace your belt, Watkins, man, and swing your shoulders as a free companion should.
I have a bag at my belt, camarade, and you have but to put your fist into it for what you want.
They, therefore, persuaded Sir Hyde to prefer the passage of the Belt.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
The knife looked terrible; but it was sheathed and tucked into a belt.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- 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
- boxingbelow the waist, esp in the groin
- informalin 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
Word Origin and History for belt
Old English belt "belt, girdle," from Proto-Germanic *baltjaz (cf. Old High German balz, Old Norse balti, Swedish bälte), an early Germanic borrowing from Latin balteus "girdle, sword belt," said by Varro to be an Etruscan word.
As a mark of rank or distinction, mid-14c.; references to boxing championship belts date from 1812. Mechanical sense is from 1795. Transferred sense of "broad stripe encircling something" is from 1660s. Below the belt "unfair" (1889) is from pugilism. To get something under (one's) belt is to get it into one's stomach. To tighten (one's) belt "endure privation" is from 1887.
early 14c., "to fasten or gird with a belt," from belt (n.). Meaning "to thrash as with a belt" is 1640s; general sense of "to hit, thrash" is attested from 1838. Colloquial meaning "to sing or speak vigorously" is from 1949. Related: Belted; belting. Hence (from the "thrash with a belt" sense) the noun meaning "a blow or stroke" (1899).
- A geographic region that is distinctive in a specific respect.
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