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/ ˈsɪŋk tʃər /


a belt or girdle.
something that surrounds or encompasses as a girdle does; a surrounding border: The midnight sky had a cincture of stars.
(on a classical column) a fillet at either end of a shaft, especially one at the lower end.Compare orle(def 3b).
the act of girding or encompassing.

verb (used with object), cinc·tured, cinc·tur·ing.

to gird with or as if with a cincture; encircle; encompass.

Origin of cincture

< Latin cinctūra, equivalent to cinct(us) (cinc-, variant stem of cingere to gird, cinch1 + -tus past participle suffix) + -ūra -ure


un·cinc·tured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cincture

/ (ˈsɪŋktʃə) /


something that encircles or surrounds, esp a belt, girdle, or border

Word Origin for cincture

C16: from Latin cinctūra, from cingere to gird
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