[ bel-ting ]
/ ˈbɛl tɪŋ /


material for belts.
belts collectively.
Informal. a beating or thrashing.
Obsolete. belt.

Nearby words

  1. belted sandfish,
  2. belted tire,
  3. belted-bias tire,
  4. belter,
  5. belteshazzar,
  6. beltless,
  7. beltline,
  8. beltman,
  9. belton,
  10. beltrami

Origin of belting

First recorded in 1560–70; belt + -ing1


[ belt ]
/ bɛlt /


verb (used with object)

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

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British Dictionary definitions for belting


/ (ˈbɛltɪŋ) /


the material used to make a belt or belts
belts collectively
informal a beating


British informal excellent; first-class


/ (bɛlt) /



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 belting
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Science definitions for belting


[ bĕlt ]

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


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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