belt line


a transportation system partially or wholly surrounding a city, terminal, district, or port.
(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.

Origin of belt line

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for belt line

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

    The Shadow|Arthur Stringer
  • Wind another soft string around lower down for the belt-line (Fig. 187).

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

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

    Great Cities of the United States|Gertrude Van Duyn Southworth