• WordNet 3.6
    • n loin either side of the backbone between the hipbone and the ribs in humans as well as quadrupeds
    • n loin a cut of meat taken from the side and back of an animal between the ribs and the rump
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Loin A cut of meat taken from this part of a food animal, as from cattle or hogs.
    • Loin That part of a human being or quadruped, which extends on either side of the spinal column between the hip bone and the false ribs. In human beings the loins are also called the reins. See Illust. of Beef.
    • Loin The pubic area; the genitalia, especially in women; as, receptive loins .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n loin The part of an animal which lies between the lowest of the false ribs on each side and the upper part of the ilium or haunchbone; one of the lateral parts of the lumbar region: commonly used in the plural (often figuratively, with reference to this part of the body being the seat of the generative faculty and a symbol of strength), except as the name of a piece of meat from the lumbar region of an animal, as a loin of veal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Loin loin the back of a beast cut for food:
    • n Loin loin (pl.) the reins, or the lower part of the back
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  • Charles II
    Charles II
    “For its merit I will knight it, and then it will be Sir-Loin.”
  • Qur'an
    “So let man consider of what he was created; he was created of gushing water issuing between the loins and the breast-bones.”


Gird one's loins - If you gird your loins, you prepare for conflict or a difficult time.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. loine, OF. logne, F. longe, from (assumed) LL. lumbea, L. lumbus, join. Cf. Lends Lumbar Nombles
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. logne—L. lumbus, loin.


In literature:

He gave the bell stirrup a last yank with his foot and with a heave of his loins regained his equilibrium.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
I left the house of the chief naked save for a loin-cloth of native make, and I wore no shoes or hat.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
It's the very choicest part of the loin.
"Certain Success" by Norval A. Hawkins
A cloth was fastened about the loins.
"And Thus He Came" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
D'autres les enterrent loin de leurs habitations.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr
Speaking of clothes, it was the hottest July weather and the natural garment was at most a loin cloth.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
The men and boys wear only a strip of cloth around their loins.
"Big People and Little People of Other Lands" by Edward R. Shaw
Let's gird up our loins, Mr. Smillie, and not sit wrestling here with infidels.
"The Altar Steps" by Compton MacKenzie
There is indeed no more irrational ground for living together than that we have sprung from the same loins.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
At the fireplace, McKinney, flushed and red, was broiling some really good loin steaks.
"Heart's Desire" by Emerson Hough
Height at loins, 1 feet 6.5 inches.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Sixty years of age, he girds up his loins to work manfully for his living.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
The men wear only loin cloths and often carry a large straight knife suspended by a leather belt strapped round the chest.
"A Journal of a Tour in the Congo Free State" by Marcus Dorman
A stout rope was fastened around the bear's loins also, and to this another strong chain was attached.
"Bears I Have Met--and Others" by Allen Kelly
In well-fed animals, the fat forms about a third of the weight, the largest part being in the loin.
"The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking" by Helen Campbell
This is the leg and loin undivided, or, as more commonly called, the hind quarter.
"Carving and Serving" by Mrs. D. A. Lincoln
Loin used for chops or roast.
"Foods That Will Win The War And How To Cook Them (1918)" by C. Houston Goudiss and Alberta M. Goudiss
The figure was that of an Indian, naked save for high moccasins and a magnificently decorated loin-cloth.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
They were stripped to their loin cloths, their cloaks thrown aside.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton
A red mare he rideth, strong in the loins, and pointed quite small in the head.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore

In poetry:

In the sweat of his flesh
The sorrows of America,
In the seed of his loins
The glory of America.
"Ode To Walt Whitman" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Then from your strong loins
Seed shall be scattered,
Men to the marrow,
Wilderness tamers,
Walkers of waves.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
Stripped to loin-cloth in the sun,
Search me well and watch me close!
Tell me how my tricks are done—
Tell me how the mango grows!
"The Juggler's Song" by Rudyard Kipling
And the dream, unrestrained,
Floats about the loins of a soldier,
Where it quivers a moment,
Warming to a crimson
Like the scarf of a toreador…
"Spring" by Lola Ridge
The Lord breathed on the first of men,
And strung his limbs to strength again;
He scorned a century of ill,
And girt his loins to climb the parting hill.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Is this what I did to myself in the past?
What shall I do Sunil Poet I asked?
Move on and leave them without any coins?
What should I care for the love of my loins?
"September On Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg

In news:

Canola oil 8 cloves garlic, peeled 4 shallots, peeled 2 jalapeo peppers, peeled and seeded 1 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped 16 pieces lamb strip loin ( 5 oz.
4 American Lamb loin chops, cut 1¼-inch thick, trimmed.
South Beach's Meat Market Restaurant Executive Chef and Partner Sean Brasel cooks a couple loins of Amazone Paiche as part of a Mixed Grill entree, on Monday August 29, 2011.
Sautéed Pork Loin with Mustard Grape Sauce.
Boneless center cut pork loin 1 tsp.
3 1/2 - 4 pound boneless pork top loin roast (double loin, tied).
Over medium high heat sear pork loin until brown.
Dredge loin through marinade and place on a pine plank board.
Pour mushroom sauce over pork loin medallions.
Unlike pork chops or pork loin roasts, pork tenderloin s do not need to be brined to enhance their flavor and texture.
6 American Lamb boneless loins, split open and flattened.
Bayless loves meaty country ribs—which are not really ribs, but chops from the loin.
Grilled Wild Boar Loin with Cannellini Bean, Uccelletto Style.
Whether you are talking about loins, bellies or chops, pork is a major contributor to the summer grilling season.
Mustard sauce enhances pork loin.

In science:

Loins, On the energy of some microscopic stochastic lattices, to appear in Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, 2007. M.
Homogenized dynamics of stochastic partial differential equations with dynamical boundary conditions