girdle

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English[edit]

A girdle.

Etymology[edit]

From Old English grydel.

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Noun[edit]

girdle (plural girdles)

  1. That which girds, encircles, or encloses; a circumference
    • Shakespeare
      within the girdle of these walls
  2. A belt or elasticated corset; especially, a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist, often used to support stockings or hosiery.
    • Bible, Revelations xv. 6
      their breasts girded with golden girdles
  3. The zodiac; also, the equator.
    • Campbell
      that gems the starry girdle of the year
    • Cowper
      from the world's girdle to the frozen pole
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  4. The line of greatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  5. (mining) A thin bed or stratum of stone.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Raymond to this entry?)
  6. The clitellum of an earthworm.
  7. (Scotland, Northern England) Alternative form of griddle.

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Verb[edit]

girdle (third-person singular simple present girdles, present participle girdling, simple past and past participle girdled)

  1. (transitive) To gird, encircle, or constrain by such means.
  2. (transitive) To kill or stunt a tree by removing or inverting a ring of bark.

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