Definitions of girdle

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

Usage examples for girdle

  1. The boy afterwards said, that when he had put on the girdle, he was seized with such a raging hunger, that he was ready to tear in pieces and devour all that came in his way. – The Book of Were-Wolves by Sabine Baring-Gould
  2. " And armed too," said Vendale, glancing at his girdle. – No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
  3. And although the mire was up to my girdle, in my way to a deserted church, I went over it without getting any dirt. – The Autobiography of Madame Guyon by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
  4. She was dressed in a gown of some soft grey material, and there was a bunch of violets at her girdle. – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  5. At last he placed a dagger which he had in his girdle beneath her throat. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  6. The king gave also to the general a fine robe of white calico, richly wrought with gold: a very fine girdle of Turkey work; and two crisses, which are a kind of daggers all of which were put on him by a nobleman in the king's presence. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII. by Robert Kerr
  7. Sitting with him by the fire was a lovely maiden with roses in her hair and some ears of wheat in her hand, and a silver sickle hanging from her girdle. – The Blue Rose Fairy Book by Maurice Baring
  8. Visible sea, this girdle of Britain, inspired him to exultations in reverence. – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  9. However, Opechanchanough and his braves could not complain of their reception, and runners sped ahead to advise Powhatan of their coming, while all the population of their village crowded about them, the men questioning, the boys fingering the scalps and each boasting how many he would have at his girdle when he was grown. – The Princess Pocahontas by Virginia Watson
  10. The weapon was drawn but half way from his girdle, when, without checking his speed, Deerfoot sent his hatchet as though fired from the mouth of a cannon. – Footprints in the Forest by Edward Sylvester Ellis
  11. In Agra, during the Mogul dynasty, such was the perfection reached by the weaver's art, muslin was fashioned of a texture so delicate that a turban or girdle, if spread out, would sink gently, with surprising slowness, to the ground. – The Great Mogul by Louis Tracy
  12. " Here are the names you'll want," she fumbled in the girdle of her gown, brought out a paper and passed it over. – The Million-Dollar Suitcase by Alice MacGowan Perry Newberry
  13. The Hours brought her a girdle of spring flowers. – The Golden Fleece and the Heroes who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum
  14. Hiding your breasts, your shoulders showing, Your girdle knotted fast, You shall appear offended, yet be loving, You shall refrain desire, that ever springs afresh. – Vidyapati Bangiya Padabali Songs of the love of Radha and Krishna by Vidyapati Thakura
  15. A girdle may be but a single line of holes, or it may consist of four or five, or more, lines. – The Woodpeckers by Fannie Hardy Eckstorm
  16. And she took three seeds from the fold of the girdle she had worn. – The Flute of the Gods by Marah Ellis Ryan
  17. Very few of them, however, exhibit individuality of outline, and, with the exception of the low lines of limestone precipice which occasionally girdle them, and of the wasting mill- stone bluffs which, as in the case of Pen- hill or Ingleborough, sometimes guard their highest slopes, they are altogether innocent of crag. – Climbing in The British Isles. Vol. 1 - England by W. P. Haskett Smith
  18. To- night I must put around my heart a girdle of strong purpose, and bid these useless thoughts be gone. – Dawn by Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  19. Her fumbling fingers were reaching under the flowers at the girdle for the hooks which had fastened her into it, when Elinor stopped her. – The Heart of Arethusa by Francis Barton Fox
  20. " Anluan is here," shouted Conall, and with that he drew from his girdle the head of Anluan and dashed it in the face of Ket. – The High Deeds of Finn and other Bardic Romances of Ancient Ireland by T. W. Rolleston