Origin of belting
- 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 beltingring, string, ribbon, strap, region, zone, smash, bat, sock, clobber, smack, slam, whip, wallop, slug, bash, girdle, cincture, sash, cummerbund
Examples from the Web for belting
Contemporary Examples of belting
Perhaps you like your Neil Patrick Harris belting in high heels on Broadway, or cannily emceeing an awards show?Choose Your Own Neil Patrick Harris: The Star on ‘Doogie,’ ‘Gone Girl,’ Gay Sex and More
October 10, 2014
Even if her belting occasionally sounds forced, all of the experts praised the undeniable power Cyrus has when singing.Is Miley Cyrus a Good Singer? Experts Weigh In
January 29, 2014
Belting out rhythmic African songs, Kidjo climbed down from the stage to get the audience singing.Bill Clinton, Loretta Claiborne: Best Moments From 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (Video)
September 25, 2012
Excited by the dark, photographers on the risers broke out into spontaneous song, belting "Happy Birthday, Rodarte."Fashion Week Day 6
February 16, 2010
Historical Examples of belting
We have a way of belting on the kilt in real Argile I have seen nowhere else.John Splendid
The buttoning and the belting, the lacing and the knotting, at an end, he put on the hat.The Rich Little Poor Boy
This was done by belting him and checking him to a pad strapped upon his back.The Eagle's Heart
That still doesn't let you off for not belting that crawler with our six-inchers!On the Trail of the Space Pirates
Russell, stripping to the waist, belting himself, stood forward.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
- 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
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).
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.
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