the part of the body in humans between the ribs and the hips, usually the narrowest part of the torso.
the part of a garment covering this part of the body.
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.
a child's undergarment to which other articles of apparel may be attached.
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.
Nautical. the central part of a ship; that part of the deck between the forecastle and the quarterdeck.
the constricted portion of the abdomen of certain insects, as a wasp.
- waistless, adjective
- waist , waste
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How to use waist in a sentence
I proudly wore a figurative heavyweight champion belt around my 28-inch waist.The Anatomy Of A Breast Cancer Survivor: ‘Early Detection Saved My Life’ | Charli Penn | October 6, 2020 | Essence.com
Body fat stored around the waist also releases more blood triglycerides in response to stress hormone signals compared to hip and thigh fat.Belly Fat Linked To Higher Risk Of Premature Death, Regardless Of Your Weight | LGBTQ-Editor | October 5, 2020 | No Straight News
Keep your elbows gently bent and your hands out in front of you at about waist height.
To maintain that aggressive fall-line stance through steep turns, you need to pivot at the waist, moving your lower body into a turn while keeping your upper body facing downhill.
The high rise and seven-inch inseam are just right, too, providing coverage without smothering your waist.
She is wearing a crop top, and Andrew has his arm wrapped around her waist.Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’ | Tom Sykes | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was paralyzed from the waist down, a World War II veteran and had six weeks to live.
The coat, with fitted bodice, nipped-in waist, and full skirt, created a familiar silhouette for Kate.
Another model, covered from head to waist in white flowers, danced.Gareth Pugh's Fashion Show Lacked Fashion, But Not Passion | Justin Jones | September 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A naked dancer held a towel around his waist as he slicks back his hair in the ladies toilets.Inside London's Underground Burlesque and Fetish Scene | Liza Foreman | August 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His boyish suspenders had been put away in favor of a belt, which was tight-drawn about his slim waist.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
He stood aside, and bending from the waist he made a sweeping gesture towards the door with the hand that held his hat.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
On his loins was a lion of great fierceness, and coiled round his waist was a hissing mamba (snake).Uncanny Tales | Various
A pair of thin trousers and a shirt hanging down outside instead of being tucked in at the waist, and his toilet is made.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
The waist, now less pinched in at the middle, looked longer without being really so.Antonio Stradivari | Horace William Petherick
British Dictionary definitions for waist
anatomy the constricted part of the trunk between the ribs and hips
the part of a garment covering the waist
the middle part of an object that resembles the waist in narrowness or position
the middle part of a ship
Also called: centre section the middle section of an aircraft fuselage
the constriction between the thorax and abdomen in wasps and similar insects
- waistless, adjective
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