- 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)
- 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
Synonyms for belt
Related Words for beltring, string, ribbon, strap, region, zone, smash, bat, sock, clobber, smack, slam, whip, wallop, slug, bash, girdle, cincture, sash, cummerbund
Examples from the Web for belt
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of belt
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
- boxingbelow the waist, esp in the groin
- informalin 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
Word Origin 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).
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