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belt line

  1. a transportation system partially or wholly surrounding a city, terminal, district, or port.
  2. (in automotive styling) a horizontal boundary dividing the upper and lower parts of a car body, either an actual line of trim or an imaginary line that follows contours of the body.
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Origin of belt line

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for belt line

Historical Examples

  • Two belt-line railroads, extending from the river bank, circle through Detroit.

    Great Cities of the United States

    Gertrude Van Duyn Southworth

  • This body he turned over, running an exploring hand along the belt-line.

    The Shadow

    Arthur Stringer

  • The waists are made in the same manner as the men's coats, only shorter and confined at the belt-line with paste.

  • Wind another soft string around lower down for the belt-line (Fig. 187).