garter

Definitions

  • He cut both the monster's legs just below the garter
    He cut both the monster's legs just below the garter
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v garter fasten with or as if with a garter
    • n garter a band (usually elastic) worn around the leg to hold up a stocking (or around the arm to hold up a sleeve)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dissection of the garter snake Dissection of the garter snake
A garter snake A garter snake

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Garter A band used to prevent a stocking from slipping down on the leg.
    • Garter (Her) Same as Bendlet.
    • Garter The distinguishing badge of the highest order of knighthood in Great Britain, called the Order of the Garter, instituted by Edward III.; also, the Order itself.
    • Garter To bind with a garter. "He . . . could not see to garter his hose."
    • Garter To invest with the Order of the Garter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n garter A tie or fastening to keep the stocking in place on the leg; especially, a band passing round the leg, either above or below the knee.
    • n garter The badge of the Order of the Garter (which see, below); hence, membership in the order; also [capitalized], the order itself: as, to confer or to receive the garter; a knight of the Garter.
    • n garter In heraldry, same as bendlet, : sometimes taken as occupying half the space of the bendlet, or quarter of the bend.
    • n garter [capitalized] An abbreviation of Garter king-at-arms (which see, below).
    • n garter plural In a circus, the tapes that are held up for a performer to leap over.
    • n garter A semicircular key in a bench-vise.
    • n garter In printing, an iron band which prevented the splitting of the wooden box that resisted the impression-spindle of the old form of handpress.
    • garter To bind with a garter.
    • garter To invest with the garter, as a member of the Order of the Garter.
    • n garter plural Leg-irons or shackles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Garter gär′tėr a band used to tie the stocking to the leg: the badge of the highest order of knighthood in Great Britain, called the Order of the Garter
    • v.t Garter to bind with a garter
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gartier, F. jarretière, fr. OF. garet, bend of the knee, F. jarret,; akin to Sp. garra, claw, Prov. garra, leg. See Garrote

Usage

In literature:

In South Eaton Place, near the south end, stood the Star and Garter Tavern, well known about 1760.
"Mayfair, Belgravia, and Bayswater" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
Here, madam, lend me your garter.
"The Beaux-Stratagem" by George Farquhar
Mr Salteena bowed nervously wishing he had got correct knickerbockers as his trousers did not feel too firm in spite of the garters.
"The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena's Plan" by Daisy Ashford
Knight of the garter, 265.
"Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth" by Lucy Aikin
I then took off my garter, tied it round the tail of the skate, and dragged it to the boat, which was all ready to shove off.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
To this end he had requested his wife to busy herself in making garters.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
It was only a garter snake, though I caught it with a forked stick.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
During the Christmas festivities of this period the most noble Order of the Garter was instituted by King Edward III.
"Christmas: Its Origin and Associations" by William Francis Dawson
He tied short garters around them.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
It looked the kind of thing a woman might carry in her garter.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
There was a great lath of a fellow who kept the "Star and Garter" public-house.
"Recollections" by David Christie Murray
Finally," said Hinge, "after two or three hours, they drives back to the Star and Garter, and goes in there.
"In Direst Peril" by David Christie Murray
Host of the Garter Inn.
"The Facts About Shakespeare" by William Allan Nielson
ORDER OF THE GARTER CONFERRED ON THE MARQUIS OF BUCKINGHAM.
"Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)" by Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
I was told that one lady wore a $5,000 diamond in her garter.
"As A Chinaman Saw Us" by Anonymous
Not her garters but his garters, mind you, Mrs. Lathrop.
"Susan Clegg and a Man in the House" by Anne Warner
Does he lie at the Garter?
"The Merry Wives of Windsor" by William Shakespeare
Alarmed by the accident, one of the combatants bound up the cut with his garter and conveyed him home.
"Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing" by George Barton Cutten
Their garters were of the color of their bracelets, and circled the knee both over and under.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)--Continental Europe I" by Various
They were to end with tea at the "Star and Garter," and they all started off now for this day's pleasure in the highest spirits.
"A Young Mutineer" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
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In poetry:

No more of tribute might to us remain:
But there will still come a time when Freedom's martyrs
A richer guerdon of reknown shall gain
Than gleams in stars and garters.
"Obsequies Of Stuart" by John Reuben Thompson
Time was when I'd not have bartered
Of her little pen a dip
For a peerage duly gartered -
For a peerage starred and gartered -
With a palace-office chartered,
Or a Secretaryship.
"Tempora Mutantur" by William Schwenck Gilbert
O Sov'reign Victoria! bless'd and belov'd,
On the deck of the Albert thy mission was proved;
Thy han' grac'd the Sultan wi' garter and star,
And opened for freedom a pathway afar.
"Rhymes For The Times: III" by Janet Hamilton
Great wits are seldom at a loss;
The Cobler cut a shred across
His apron; hung it, without clatter,
About his neck like knight o' th' Garter;
But wanting George to grace the end on't,
He let the leather flap hang pendant.
"The Cobbler" by William Hutton
The scene in George's Chapel was most magnificent to behold,
The banners of the knights of the garter embroidered with gold;
Then again it was most touching and lovely to see
The Seaforth Highlanders' inscription to the Prince's memory:
"The Death of Prince Leopold" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then he told the executioner his foes would remember him hereafter,
And he was as well pleased as if his Majesty had made him Knight of the Garter;
Then he asked to be allowed to cover his head,
But he was denied permission, yet he felt no dread.
"The Execution of James Graham, Marquis of Montrose" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Because we have an open field and a seep ditch behind us, we get some unwelcome critters on our property -- mainly mice and garter snakes.
With garter-stitch accents at the hems, this beauty is an easy project for any knitter.
Christian Gaal has yet to find the ideal sleeve garters.
Most 15-year-olds aren't allowed to leave the house in bootyshorts and garter belts, but Kylie Jenner isn't your average teen.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip , right, lead the annual procession of members of the Order of the Garter from Windsor Castle to St George's Chapel in Windsor, England in this Monday, June 15, 1998 file photo.
Where do you go when you need a custom leather android arm or garter belt.
Kim Kardashian dons fur, garter, stilettos for French lingerie shoot.
Eastern garter snake spotted Dec 8 near the North Central Rail Trail near Bee Tree Run, in Freedland, Md.
Last fall when working in my yard an Eastern Garter Snake decided to pass through my herb garden.
Give a male garter snake a taste of estrogen and watch out, as the hormone turns these lads into the sexiest thing on the block, attracting dozens of other males eager to mate .
Here's how it works: For the red-sided garter snake, picking up a mate takes but a second and a flick of the tongue.
Last week I shared with you my plight, of having to make, yes make, a homecoming mum garter for Chloe's homecoming date.
Emma Roberts is ready to don a pair of thigh-high boots, pull on a sexy garter belt and rock a teeny-tiny mini-skirt because she wants to do a remake of Pretty Woman, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
On April 8 of last year, something odd emerged on the Web: a chicken dressed in garters that could do seemingly any command viewers requested.
Shannon is a 22-year-old brunette beauty from Port Charlotte, FL, where you are apparently allowed to wear garter belts in public.
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