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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɝdl̩/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɜːdl̩/
Audio (UK) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)dəl
From Middle English girdel, gerdel, gurdel, from Old English gyrdel, from Proto-West Germanic *gurdil, from Proto-Germanic *gurdilaz (“girdle, belt”), equivalent to gird + -le.
girdle (plural girdles)
- That which girds, encircles, or encloses; a circumference
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, prologue]:
- Suppose within the girdle of these walls
Are now confin'd two mighty monarchies
- A belt or sash at the waist, often used to support stockings or hosiery.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Revelation 15:6:
- And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles
- Aeschylus, The Persians 155:
- O Queen, most exalted of Persia's deep-girdled women, venerable mother of Xerxes, wife of Darius, all hail!
- 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XIV, in Francesca Carrara. […], volume III, London: Richard Bentley, […], (successor to Henry Colburn), →OCLC, page 109:
- She therefore assumed the novice's garb, so universally worn by young Italians—a robe of black silk, only fastened round the waist by a girdle.
- A garment used to hold the abdomen, hips, buttocks, and/or thighs in a particular shape.
- The zodiac; also, the equator.
- 1799, Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope:
- that gems the starry girdle of the year
- 1782, William Cowper, Expostulation
- from the world's girdle to the frozen pole
- 1631, Francis [Bacon], “4. Century.”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. […], 3rd edition, London: […] William Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee […], →OCLC:
- under the girdle of the world
- The line of greatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting.
- (mining) A thin bed or stratum of stone.
- The clitellum of an earthworm.
- The removal or inversion of a ring of bark in order to kill or stunt a tree.
zodiac — see zodiac
line of greatest circumference of a diamond
thin bed or stratum of stone
clitellum of an earthworm — see clitellum
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girdle (third-person singular simple present girdles, present participle girdling, simple past and past participle girdled)
- (transitive) To gird, encircle, or constrain by such means.
- 1920, Edward Carpenter, Pagan and Christian Creeds: Their Origin and Meaning, page 36:
- The Equator, as everyone knows, is an imaginary line or circle girdling the Earth half-way between the North and South poles.
- (transitive) To kill or stunt a tree by removing or inverting a ring of bark.
to gird, encircle, or constrain by such means
to kill or stunt a tree by removing or inverting a ring of bark
girdle (plural girdles)
- ^ Aeschylus (1926), “Persians”, in , Herbert Weir Smyth, transl., Aeschylus, with an English translation […] , volume 1, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 155
- ^ 1874, Edward H. Knight, American Mechanical Dictionary
- ^ 1881, Rossiter W. Raymond, A Glossary of Mining and Metallurgical Terms
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