belt

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See also: bełt, Belt, and bèlt

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English belt, from Old English belt (belt, girdle), from Proto-Germanic *baltijaz (girdle, belt), from Latin balteus (belt, sword-belt), of Etruscan origin. Cognate with Scots belt (belt), Dutch belt, German Balz (belt), Danish belte (belt), Swedish bälte (belt, cincture, girdle, zone), Icelandic belti (belt) and Albanian bel (waist). Probably orginally from Proto-Indo-European *bhle- (to swell, blow up)

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Noun[edit]

Belts.
Belts in a machine.

belt (plural belts)

  1. A band worn around the waist to hold clothing to one's body (usually pants), hold weapons (such as a gun or sword), or serve as a decorative piece of clothing.
    As part of the act, the fat clown's belt broke, causing his pants to fall down.
  2. A band used as a restraint for safety purposes, such as a seat belt.
    Keep your belt fastened; this is going to be quite a bumpy ride.
  3. A band that is used in a machine to help transfer motion or power.
    The motor had a single belt that snaked its way back and forth around a variety of wheels.
  4. Anything that resembles a belt, or that encircles or crosses like a belt; a strip or stripe.
    a belt of trees; a belt of sand
  5. (astronomy) One of certain girdles or zones on the surface of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, supposed to be of the nature of clouds.
  6. A powerful blow, often made with a fist or heavy object.
    After the bouncer gave him a solid belt to the gut, Simon had suddenly had enough of barfighting.
  7. A quick drink of liquor.
    Care to join me in a belt of scotch?
  8. (usually capitalized) A geographical region known for a particular product, feature or demographic (Corn Belt, Bible Belt, Black Belt, Green Belt).
  9. (baseball) The part of the strike zone at the height of the batter's waist.
    That umpire called that pitch a strike at the belt.

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belt (third-person singular simple present belts, present participle belting, simple past and past participle belted)

  1. (transitive) To encircle.
    The small town was belted by cornfields in all directions.
  2. (transitive) To fasten a belt.
    Edgar belted himself in and turned the car's ignition.
    The rotund man had difficulty belting his pants, and generally wore suspenders to avoid the issue.
  3. (transitive) To hit with a belt.
    The child was misbehaving so it was belted as punishment.
  4. (transitive) and intransitive To scream or sing in a loud manner.
    He belted out the national anthem.
  5. (transitive) To drink quickly, often in gulps.
    He belted down a shot of whisky.
  6. (transitive, slang) To hit someone or something.
    The angry player belted the official across the face, and as a result was ejected from the game.
  7. (transitive, baseball) To hit a pitched ball a long distance, usually for a home run.
    He belted that pitch over the grandstand.
  8. (intransitive) To move very fast
    He was really belting along.

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English belt.

Noun[edit]

belt (plural belde)

  1. belt

Dutch[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Probably a variant of bult.

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belt m (plural belten, diminutive beltje n)

  1. (archaic) heap, hill
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belt

  1. second- and third-person singular present indicative of bellen
  2. (archaic) plural imperative of bellen

Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic بلد (bálad), under classical root ب ل د (b-l-d).

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belt f (plural bliet)

  1. city, town

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Proto-Germanic *baltijaz. Cognate with Old High German balz, Old Norse belti.

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belt m

  1. belt

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