girdle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v girdle put a girdle on or around "gird your loins"
    • v girdle cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients "girdle the plant"
    • n girdle a woman's close-fitting foundation garment
    • n girdle a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
    • n girdle an encircling or ringlike structure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Girdle A griddle.
    • Girdle (Mining) A thin bed or stratum of stone.
    • girdle (Anat) See under Pectoral, and Pelvic.
    • Girdle That which girds, encircles, or incloses; a circumference; a belt; esp., a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist; a cestus. "Within the girdle of these walls.""Their breasts girded with golden girdles ."
    • Girdle (Zoöl) The clitellus of an earthworm.
    • Girdle (Jewelry) The line ofgreatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting. See Illust. of Brilliant.
    • Girdle The zodiac; also, the equator. "From the world's girdle to the frozen pole.""That gems the starry girdle of the year."
    • Girdle To bind with a belt or sash; to gird.
    • Girdle To inclose; to environ; to shut in. "Those sleeping stones,
      That as a waist doth girdle you about."
    • Girdle To make a cut or gnaw a groove around (a tree, etc.) through the bark and alburnum, thus killing it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n girdle A band, belt, or zone; something drawn round the waist of a person and fastened: as, a girdle of fine linen; a leathern girdle. The primary use of the girdle is to confine to the person the long flowing garments anciently, and still in some countries, worn by both men and women; and it is now frequently used in women's dress (commonly called a belt) and in military costume (a belt or sash). (See cestus.) The girdle has also served for the support of weapons, utensils, bags or pockets, etc. In the middle ages books were sometimes bound with a strip of flexible stuff hanging from one end of the volume, which could be drawn through the girdle and secured. Among many peoples, the girdle being large and loose, the scabbard of a sword or long dagger is passed through the girdle instead of being hung from it, a hook or projecting button serving to hold it in place. In ecclesiastical use the girdle is a cord with which the priest or other cleric binds the alb about the waist. Formerly it was flat and broad, and sometimes adorned with jewels; in the Roman Catholic Church it has been changed to a long cord with dependent extremities and tassels. It is regarded as a symbol of continence and self-restraint. It is usually of linen, though sometimes of wool, and is generally white, but sometimes colored to adapt it to the color of the other vestments.
    • n girdle Hence An inclosing circle, or that which encircles; circumference; compass; limit.
    • n girdle The zodiac (which see).
    • n girdle In gem-cutting; the line or edge that separates the upper from the lower part of a brilliant or other cut stone. It is parallel to the table and culet, and is the part held by the setting. See cut under brilliant.
    • n girdle In architecture, a small band or fillet round the shaft of a column.
    • n girdle In coal-mining, a thin bed of sandstone.
    • n girdle In anatomy, the osseous arch or bony belt by which either limb or diverging appendage is attached to the axial skeleton; the proximal segment of the appendicular skeleton.
    • n girdle In botany, a (usually) longitudinal belt formed by the overlapping edges of two valves of a diatom frustule.
    • n girdle A seaweed, Laminaria digitata, the divisions of whose fronds are strap-like.
    • girdle To encircle or bind with a belt, cord, or sash; gird.
    • girdle To make the circuit of; encompass; environ; inclose; shut in.
    • girdle To draw a line round, as by marking or cutting; specifically, to cut a complete circle round, as a tree or a limb. In new countries, as North America, in clearing land of trees they are often girdled by cutting through the bark and into the sap-wood, so that they may die and ultimately fall by their own decay. Mice often girdle young trees by gnawing.
    • n girdle A griddle.
    • n girdle A ring made round the trunk of a tree by the removal of the bark either purposely or accidentally.
    • n girdle In earthworms, the cingulum or clitellum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Girdle gėrd′l that which encircles, esp. a band or belt for the waist: an enclosure, compass, limit: in jewellery, a horizontal line surrounding a stone
    • v.t Girdle to bind, as with a girdle: to enclose: to make a circular incision, as through the bark of a tree to kill it
    • n Girdle gėrd′l a Scotch form of griddle.
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Quotations

  • Ogden Nash
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    “A husband is a guy who tells you when you've got on too much lipstick and helps you with your girdle when your hips stick.”
  • Judith Viorst
    Judith Viorst
    “Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.”
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    “It s not just enough to swing at the ball. You've got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gurdel, girdel, AS. gyrdel, fr. gyrdan,; akin to D. gordel, G. gürtel, Icel. gyrill,. See Gird (v. t.), to encircle, and cf. Girth (n.)

Usage

In literature:

Sometimes cions are used to bridge a girdle.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
What ye win at that ye may lick aff a het girdle.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Now in the contest, still unseen, Siegfried had taken from the Queen her ring and her favourite girdle.
"Stories of Siegfried" by Mary MacGregor
Then he took a small box from his girdle and opened it: it was filled with grains of millet.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
She wore it hanging to her girdle, and it was quite by a miracle it had not run into her when she fell.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
And what those two malicious youths did was to take their jack-knives and girdle that Wild Rose Sweeting tree close to the ground.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Placing one hand to his mouth he quickly extracted his teeth and put them in his girdle.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Ploughmen were to wear a blanket and a linen girdle.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 3, May 1906" by Various
It was fastened with clasps over both shoulders, and shortened as far as the knees by means of pulling it through the girdle.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Frequently on an unpolished girdle of real gem material the file will leave a streak of steel.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
She spoke nervously, beating a palm with a gold tassel of her girdle.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
He was really mourning for his lost love, and so he took the rope which he used as a girdle and decided to hang himself.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
Closer and closer the girdle was drawn.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
She stood beside the horse with one hand resting on her girdle.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
And when he came near to Brody, he disguised himself as a peasant in a short jacket and white girdle.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
It is the girdle of beauty.
"Modern Painters Volume II (of V)" by John Ruskin
A throng of servitors stood about in golden girdles with purple tassels, ready to carry out her commands.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
Her girdle was white satin, her slippers were white, and she wore a cluster of pink rosebuds in her hair.
"Dorothy Dainty at the Mountains" by Amy Brooks
So fine was the cloth of her girdle that I can scarcely describe it.
"Women of Mediæval France" by Pierce Butler
Their clothes are a large mantle, carelessly wrapped about their bodies, and sometimes girt close in the middle with a girdle.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
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In poetry:

He tells you when you've got on
too much lipstick
And helps you with your girdle
when your hips stick.
"The Perfect Husband" by Ogden Nash
The king he sent for robes of green,
An girdles o shinning gold;
He gart the ladies be arrayd
Most comely to behold.
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
Thy girdle of gold so red,
With pearles bedecked sumptuously;
The like no other lasses had,
And yet thou wouldst not love me
"Greensleeves" by Anonymous British
And she pauses for an instant;
But his arms have scarcely slid
Round her waist in cestian girdles,
And his low voluptuous lid
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Earth was full of mad unrest,
While red Bacchus held his state;
And her brown vine-girdl'd breast
Shook to his wild joy and hate.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Red roses are at her feet,
(Roses are red in her red-gold hair)
And O where her bosom and girdle meet
Red roses are hidden there.
"The Dole Of The King's Daughter (Breton)" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

Scientists call the virus that causes the disease varicella-zoster -- varicella the Latin word for little pox, zoster the Greek word for girdle.
After three decades of round-the-world voyaging, former shipmates of a globe-girdling Bowman 57 gather at a Minnesota reunion.
Brides-to-be come for strapless versions, girdles, or corsets , while others order brightly colored, elaborately designed custom-made corsets to use as tops or lingerie.
In the early 1940s, Hickory girdles , above, were advertised as "the foundation of loveliness.".
But for men to wear girdles actually isn't a new phenomenon.
"Lots of women wear girdles ," he observes.
The faja, used by liposuction patients, is making a comeback as a girdle popular among women who want hourglass figures.
2111 Girdle Road (across from the High School), Elma, NY 14059.
Iroquois Central High School front parking lot, 211 Girdle Rd.
Out of a fear of typhoons and tsunamis, and an element of man-against-nature hubris, it has sealed much of its coastline in a girdle of concrete.
Man arrested in Mexico carrying 18 monkeys in his girdle.
Women have been wearing them for years, but fellas, get ready now there's a girdle, for you.
Asda, Britain's answer to Wal-Mart, is now selling the male equivalent of popular girdle brand Spanx (jokingly called Manx) for about ten bucks an undie.
149 Girdle Ridge Road Katonah, NY 10506.
If you could put an absolute halo of safety -- perhaps a girdle of indestructibility.
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In science:

The current gives rise to a ring-like flux of the field strength Fij = ∂iVj − ∂j Vi which takes the shape of a girdle encircling the bubble intersection region.
Magnetic Fields from Bubble Collisions - A Progress Report
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