Definitions of girdle

  1. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird.
  2. To inclose; to environ; to shut in.
  3. To make a cut or gnaw a groove around ( a tree, etc.) through the bark and alburnum, thus killing it.
  4. To bind with, or as with, a belt; inclose; to kill or injure, as a tree, by making a cut in the bark around the trunk.
  5. To bind, as with a girdle: to inclose: to make a circular incision, as through the bark of a tree to kill it.
  6. To bind; inclose; detach a circular strip of bark from, as a tree.
  7. To bind with a girdle; to enclose; to make a circular incision through the bark in a tree so as to kill it.
  8. To surround; to bind; to enclose.
  9. a woman's close- fitting foundation garment
  10. an encircling or ringlike structure
  11. put a girdle on or around; " gird your loins"
  12. A griddle.
  13. That which girds, encircles, or incloses; a circumference; a belt; esp., a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist; a cestus.
  14. The zodiac; also, the equator.
  15. The line ofgreatest circumference of a brilliant- cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting. See Illust. of Brilliant.
  16. A thin bed or stratum of stone.
  17. The clitellus of an earthworm.
  18. A belt for the waist; anything that surrounds like a belt.
  19. That which girds or encircles, esp. a band for the waist: an inclosure: ( jew.) a horizontal line surrounding a stone.
  20. A band for the waist; inclosure.
  21. A band or belt, especially for the waist; enclosure; the line which encompasses the stone, parallel to the horizon; a circular band or fillet round the shaft of a column.
  22. A band or belt for the waist; a zone; in Scot., a round iron plate on which bread is baked.
  23. In appendicular skeleton, the supporting structure at shoulder and hip, each consisting typically of one dorsal and two ventral elements.