verb (used with object), gir·dled, gir·dling.
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Origin of girdle
OTHER WORDS FROM girdlegir·dle·like, adjectivegir·dling·ly, adverbun·gir·dle, verb (used with object), un·gir·dled, un·gir·dling.
Example sentences from the Web for girdle
Pan Am was once an imperial power in its own right, girdling the globe.
When summer comes, adult beetles attack and larva feed in the cambium layer, girdling the trees and sealing their doom.
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
Look where you will, immeasurable Obscurantism is girdling this fair France; which, again, will not be girdled by it.The French Revolution|Thomas Carlyle
Another common disease is known as the root disease, which eventually kills the tree by girdling it below the soil.All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
There is a great saddling and girdling, neighing and stamping.Life on a Mediaeval Barony|William Stearns Davis
Trees, too large to be cut with their stone hatchets, were killed either by building a fire at the base or by girdling the bark.Agriculture in Virginia, 1607-1699|Lyman Carrier