cincture

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cincture a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cincture A belt, a girdle, or something worn round the body, -- as by an ecclesiastic for confining the alb.
    • Cincture That which encompasses or incloses; an inclosure. "Within the cincture of one wall."
    • Cincture (Arch) The fillet, listel, or band next to the apophyge at the extremity of the shaft of a column.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cincture A belt, girdle, or band worn round the body or round a part of it.
    • n cincture Specifically The girdle used to confine a clergyman's cassock, usually of the color of the cassock and made of silk or serge.
    • n cincture Hence Something resembling a belt or girdle.
    • n cincture That which encompasses or incloses; inclosure; barrier; circuit; fence.
    • n cincture In architecture, a raised ring or a list around a column.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cincture singk′tūr a girdle or belt: a moulding round a column
    • v.t Cincture to gird, encompass
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cinctura, fr. cingere, cinctum, to gird

Usage

In literature:

It circled him with an even cincture about two inches wide.
"The Moon Pool" by A. Merritt
He also wore armlets, and cinctures above the ankles, of the latter precious metal.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
Like one that shuddered, she unbound The cincture from beneath her breast.
"Adventures among Books" by Andrew Lang
There was dried blood on the edges, a double ring of swollen white flesh rimming the cincture.
"The Metal Monster" by A. Merritt
That within one little cincture we are yet absolute.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
I am assured beyond all doubt that they will send forth a fitting wail from their lovely deep-cinctured bosoms.
"Prometheus Bound and Seven Against Thebes" by Aeschylus
Again, from cincture down to knee, long bolts of iron he bore, Which signified the knight should ride on charger never more.
"Mediaeval Tales" by Various
And the cities of Cathuria are cinctured with golden walls, and their pavements are also of gold.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
He knotted the cincture around his middle and thrust his hands into the pockets, turning to me for approval.
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
The females always wore a cincture around the middle.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
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In poetry:

Potowmak, Ohio, Missouri had felt
Half her globe in their cincture comprest;
His long curving course has completed the belt,
And tamed the last tide of the west.
"On The Discoveries Of Captain Lewis (January 14, 1807)" by Joel Barlow
"What though thy riper mind admire no more—
The shining cincture, and the broider'd fold,
Can pierce like lightning thorough the figured ore,
And melt to dross the radiant forms of gold.
"Elegy XXIV. He Takes Occasion, From the Fate of Eleanor of Bretagne" by William Shenstone
With plumes night-tinctured englobed and cinctured, * of Saints, his
guided steps held on
To where on the far crystelline pale * of that transtellar Heaven
there shone
The immutable crocean dawn * effusing from the Father's Throne.
"A Judgment In Heaven" by Francis Thompson