• A Belt of Wampum Given to Penn by the Indians
    A Belt of Wampum Given to Penn by the Indians
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v belt fasten with a belt "belt your trousers"
    • v belt deliver a blow to "He belted his opponent"
    • v belt sing loudly and forcefully
    • n belt the act of hitting vigorously "he gave the table a whack"
    • n belt a band to tie or buckle around the body (usually at the waist)
    • n belt endless loop of flexible material between two rotating shafts or pulleys
    • n belt ammunition (usually of small caliber) loaded in flexible linked strips for use in a machine gun
    • n belt a vigorous blow "the sudden knock floored him","he took a bash right in his face","he got a bang on the head"
    • n belt an elongated region where a specific condition or characteristic is found "a belt of high pressure"
    • n belt a path or strip (as cut by one course of mowing)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes themlooks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
    • Belt (Mech) A band of leather, or other flexible substance, passing around two wheels, and communicating motion from one to the other.
    • Belt (Nat. Hist) A band or stripe, as of color, round any organ; or any circular ridge or series of ridges.
    • Belt (Geog) A narrow passage or strait; as, the Great Belt and the Lesser Belt, leading to the Baltic Sea.
    • Belt (Her) A token or badge of knightly rank.
    • Belt Anything that resembles a belt, or that encircles or crosses like a belt; a strip or stripe; as, a belt of trees; a belt of sand.
    • Belt (Astron) One of certain girdles or zones on the surface of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, supposed to be of the nature of clouds.
    • Belt (Arch) Same as Band n., 2. A very broad band is more properly termed a belt.
    • Belt That which engirdles a person or thing; a band or girdle; as, a lady's belt; a sword belt . "The shining belt with gold inlaid."
    • Belt That which restrains or confines as a girdle. "He cannot buckle his distempered cause
      Within the belt of rule."
    • v. t Belt To encircle with, or as with, a belt; to encompass; to surround. "A coarse black robe belted round the waist.""They belt him round with hearts undaunted."
    • Belt To shear, as the buttocks and tails of sheep.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a
    • n belt A broad flat strip or strap of leather or other flexible material, used to encircle the waist; a girdle; cincture; zone; band. Ordinarily it is worn buckled or hooked tight to the waist, and in all ages it has been a common article of apparel, both to keep the garments in place and to support weapons, or a purse, a writing-case, or the like: it may be made of any material. The military belt of the middle ages was sometimes composed of small plates of metal held to each other by rings, was attached to the armor, and, according to the fashion of the latter, was worn more or less low, sometimes resting below the hips upon the skirt of plate-armor. Sometimes the sword was not secured to the belt, which was then rather a mark of rank and dignity than a necessary part of the dress. (See sword-belt and baldric.) The broad bands supporting the bayonet-sheath and cartridge-box, worn by infantry in Europe during the century ending about 1850, were also called belts or cross-belts. See girdle.
    • n belt Any broad band or strip of leather or other flexible material, designed to pass round anything, with its ends joined. In machinery, a flexible cord or band passing about the periphery of wheels, drums, or pulleys, for the purpose of transmitting motion from one to another. Belts are usually made of leather, but india-rubber and gutta-percha are occasionally used; also hempen cord, wire rope, and cords for small pulleys. See belting.
    • n belt Any broad band or stripe or continuous broad line distinguished in color or otherwise from adjacent objects, and encircling or appearing to encircle something. Specifically— In astronomy, one of certain girdles or rings which surround the planet Jupiter.
    • n belt In masonry, a band or string-course.
    • n belt That which restrains or confines like a girdle.
    • n belt A disease among sheep
    • belt To gird with a belt; specifically, to invest with a distinctive belt, as in knighting some one.
    • belt To fasten or secure with a belt; gird: as, to belt on a sword.
    • belt To encircle; surround as if with a belt or girdle.
    • belt To strike with or as with a belt; strap; flog.
    • n belt In a war-ship, the side of the vessel, in the vicinity of the water-line, protected by external armor-plating. A complete belt is one in which the armor extends from stem to stern: a partial belt extends over only part of the length.
    • n belt In archery, a strap for suspending the quiver: usually worn round the waist of the archer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wesley Snipes has a 5th Degree Black Belt.
    • n Belt belt a girdle, zone, or band: such a piece, as of leather, worn by way of ornament, or given as a prize or badge of victory in wrestling or the like: a broad strip of anything, different in colour or material: that which confines or restrains:
    • v.t Belt to surround with a belt, or to invest formally with such, as in knighting a man: to encircle: to thrash with a belt
    • n Belt belt (geog.) a strait
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  • Bette Davis
    “Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night! [As Margo Channing in All About Eve]”
  • Katharine Hepburn
    “Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.”
  • Margot Asquith
    Margot Asquith
    “He could not see a belt without hitting below it.”


Below the belt - If someone says something that is cruel or unfair, it is below the belt, like the illegal punches in boxing.
Belt and braces - (UK) Someone who wears belt and braces is very cautious and takes no risks.
Belt and suspenders - (USA) Someone who wears belt and suspenders is very cautious and takes no risks.
Notch on your belt - A success or achievement that might help you in the future is a notch on your belt.
Tighten your belt - If you have to tighten your belt, you have to economise.
Under your belt - If you have something under your belt, you have already achieved or experienced it and it will probably be of benefit to you in the future.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. belt,; akin to Icel. belti, Sw. bälte, Dan. bælte, OHG. balz, L. balteus, Ir. & Gael. balt, border, belt
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. belt; Ice. belti, Gael. balt, L. balteus.


In literature:

The hand that drew the revolver from his belt trembled as with an ague.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
He rose and tapped a fresh scalp dangling at his belt.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
The detonation dazed her; then, as he flung the rifle into the water, she caught him by neck and belt and flung him bodily into the spruces.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
The words =from belt= apply to cartridge box as well as belt.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
His jacket-blouse was caught across his breast by a clasp, affording glimpses of his shirt and belt.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The dynamo is mounted on a firm floor foundation; and it is belted from the countershaft by an endless belt running diagonally.
"Electricity for the farm" by Frederick Irving Anderson
Heedless of the protests of the scandalized belted kingfishers, they embarked on Sagamore Water.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
The surface of the planet usually shows the remarkable series of belts here represented.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
He wore at his belt butcher-knife and gun.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
They were nearly naked, but for a belt of bark around their waists, about 20 cm.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser

In poetry:

Emeralds, that into rubies melt
Upon the brow of night,
I've taken from Orion's belt
To make her girdle bright.
"Jewels: A Young Man to a Merchant" by Herbert Ashley Asquith
Infinite distance there I see,
And soaring oft see burn
Orion with his belt severe
And sworded brilliance stern;
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
Belted on him then his sword,
Braced his slackened mail;
Doubting said: "I dreamed the Lord
Offered me the Grail."
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
And whan she cam into the kirk,
She shimmerd like the sun;
The belt that was about her waist
Was a' wi pearles bedone.
"Lord Thomas And Fair Annet" by Andrew Lang
"Good lack!" quoth he "yet bring it me,
My leathern belt likewise,
In which I bear my trusty sword
When I do exercise."
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
Bands of dark and bands of light
Lie athwart the homeward way;
Now we cross a belt of Night,
Now a strip of shining Day!
"Traveller's Song" by George MacDonald

In news:

It's been a decade since veteran songbird Brandy has belted a top-tier single.
The belt buckle says SEXY.
Black-belt shoppers need breaks on Black Friday.
Bromberg -Belt resignation letter cites 'fundamental difference of vision.
Kendall Nicholson is a 13 year old black belt from Seattle, WA.
Kendall currently holds the gold metal place in Washington State and the Bronze medal for 14-17year old Black belts in the USA.
It's time to latch those seat belts for playoff positioning teams in the Western Conference.
But a seat belt you haven't bothered to put on will surely be utterly useless, a reader points out.
Overall seat belt use hits 86 percent nationwide, most dramatic increases seen in southern states.
I've smugly smiled because I always belt myself in.
The number of professional truckers buckling up their seat belts jumped dramatically in 2007 to a record level of 65 percent.
(AP) — The use of seat belts in Louisiana has reached a record high of 79.3 percent this year.
Cans of tuna on a conveyor belt at a tuna factory in the Seychelles.
Bumbo International Trust is conducting a voluntary recall to add a restraint belt and new warnings to the Bumbo ® Baby Seat.
Bumbo seat with restraint belt repair (side view and top view).

In science:

The main effect was on the upper curve in the confidence belt.
Application of Conditioning to the Gaussian-with-Boundary Problem in the Unified Approach to Confidence Intervals
We find that the lower curve on the confidence belt is also moved significantly, in an undesirable manner.
Application of Conditioning to the Gaussian-with-Boundary Problem in the Unified Approach to Confidence Intervals
The confidence-belt construction in Ref. proceeded as follows.
Application of Conditioning to the Gaussian-with-Boundary Problem in the Unified Approach to Confidence Intervals
An experiment obtaining a different value of x0 will have a different function in Eqn. 3.3, and hence a different confidence belt construction.
Application of Conditioning to the Gaussian-with-Boundary Problem in the Unified Approach to Confidence Intervals
Each different confidence belt construction is used only for an experiment obtaining the value x0 which was used to construct the belt.
Application of Conditioning to the Gaussian-with-Boundary Problem in the Unified Approach to Confidence Intervals