verb (used with object), gir·dled, gir·dling.
Origin of girdle
Synonyms for girdle
Related Words for girdlingtwist, curl, curve, bend, circle, enclose, surround, spin, inundate, besiege, envelop, ring, bedevil, perplex, beleaguer, embarrass, invade, overrun, encircle, rotate
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Contemporary Examples of girdling
Pan Am was once an imperial power in its own right, girdling the globe.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!
December 18, 2014
When summer comes, adult beetles attack and larva feed in the cambium layer, girdling the trees and sealing their doom.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Historical Examples of girdling
This, however, may not happen until several months after the girdling.Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
There is a great saddling and girdling, neighing and stamping.Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
It is girdling the tree now, so as to destroy it more early next year.The Library and Society
If girdling results at the top, it is not objectionable as the head of the vine should be below rather than above the wire.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
But methods such as girdling, slash and burn, and the rest, came almost directly from Indian technology.
Word Origin for girdle
Old English gyrdel "belt, sash, cord about the waist," common Germanic. (cf. Old Norse gyrðill, Swedish gördel, Old Frisian gerdel, Dutch gordel, Old High German gurtil, German Gürtel "belt"), related to Old English gyrdan "to gird" (see gird). Modern euphemistic sense of "elastic corset" first recorded 1925. The verb meaning "encircle with a girdle" is attested from 1580s. Meaning "to cut off a belt of bark around a trunk to kill a tree" is from 1660s. Related: Girdled; girdling.