[ weyst ]
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  1. the part of the body in humans between the ribs and the hips, usually the narrowest part of the torso.

  2. the part of a garment covering this part of the body.

  1. the part of a one-piece garment covering the body from the neck or shoulders more or less to the waistline, especially this part of a woman's or child's garment.

  2. a child's undergarment to which other articles of apparel may be attached.

  3. the part of an object, especially a central or middle part, that resembles or is analogous to the human waist: the waist of a violin.

  4. Nautical. the central part of a ship; that part of the deck between the forecastle and the quarterdeck.

  5. the constricted portion of the abdomen of certain insects, as a wasp.

Origin of waist

1300–50; Middle English wast, apocopated variant of wastum,Old English wæstm growth, form, figure; akin to wax2

Other words from waist

  • waistless, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for waist


/ (weɪst) /

  1. anatomy the constricted part of the trunk between the ribs and hips

  2. the part of a garment covering the waist

  1. the middle part of an object that resembles the waist in narrowness or position

  2. the middle part of a ship

  3. Also called: centre section the middle section of an aircraft fuselage

  4. the constriction between the thorax and abdomen in wasps and similar insects

Origin of waist

C14: origin uncertain; related to Old English wæstm wax ²

Derived forms of waist

  • waistless, adjective

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