verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. belowdecks,
  2. belowground,
  3. belsen,
  4. belsey operation,
  5. belshazzar,
  6. belt bag,
  7. belt down,
  8. belt drive,
  9. belt highway,
  10. belt line


Origin of belt

before 1000; Middle English; Old English; compare Old High German balz; both < Latin balteus; see balteus

12. girdle, encircle. 14. gird (on). 15. flog, lash.

Related formsbelt·less, adjective

Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for belt out

belt out


(tr, adverb) informal to sing loudly or emit (sound, esp pop music) loudlya jukebox belting out the latest hits



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)
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
  1. boxingbelow the waist, esp in the groin
  2. informalin an unscrupulous or cowardly way
tighten one's belt to take measures to reduce expenditure
under one's belt
  1. (of food or drink) in one's stomach
  2. in one's possession
  3. 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
See also belt out, belt up

Derived Formsbelted, noun

Word Origin for belt

Old English, from Latin balteus

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Word Origin and History for belt out
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Science definitions for belt out



A geographic region that is distinctive in a specific respect.
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Idioms and Phrases with belt out

belt out


Knock unconscious; beat up, trounce; murder. For example, The police officer was accused of belting out the teenager before taking him to the station, or The hold-up man belted out the storekeeper and fled with the money. This expression originated in boxing. [Slang; c. 1940]


Sing or play music very loudly, as in She belted out the national anthem before every game. [Colloquial; c. 1950]


In addition to the idioms beginning with belt

  • belt down
  • belt out

also see:

  • below the belt
  • bible belt
  • sun belt
  • tighten one's belt
  • under one's belt
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