loin

[ loin ]
/ lɔɪn /

noun

Usually loins. the part or parts of the human body or of a quadruped animal on either side of the spinal column, between the false ribs and hipbone.
a cut of meat from this region of an animal, especially a portion including the vertebrae of such parts.
loins,
  1. the parts of the body between the hips and the lower ribs, especially regarded as the seat of physical strength and generative power.
  2. the genital and pubic area; genitalia.

Idioms

    gird (up) one's loins, to prepare oneself for something requiring readiness, strength, or endurance: He girded his loins to face his competitor.

Origin of loin

1275–1325; Middle English loyne < Middle French lo(i)gne, perhaps < Vulgar Latin *lumbea, noun use of feminine of *lumbeus of the loins, equivalent to Latin lumb(us) loin + -eus -eous
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British Dictionary definitions for gird one's loins

loin

/ (lɔɪn) /

noun

Also called: lumbus anatomy the part of the lower back and sides between the pelvis and the ribsRelated adjective: lumbar
a cut of meat from this part of an animal
See also loins

Word Origin for loin

C14: from Old French loigne, perhaps from Vulgar Latin lumbra (unattested), from Latin lumbus loin
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Medicine definitions for gird one's loins

loin

[ loin ]

n.

The part of the body on either side of the spinal column between the ribs and the pelvis.
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Idioms and Phrases with gird one's loins (1 of 2)

gird one's loins


Also, gird up one's loins. Prepare oneself for action, as in I'm girding up my loins for that crucial interview. This expression comes from the Bible (Proverbs 31:17) and originally alluded to tucking up the traditional long robe into a girdle (that is, a belt) so it will not hamper physical activity. [c. 1600]

Idioms and Phrases with gird one's loins (2 of 2)

loin


see gird one's loins.

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