• WordNet 3.6
    • n waist the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
    • n waist the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: More than 3000 years ago children played with circular hoops made with grape vines. This toy was swung around the waist. Years later this toy was made by company called Wham-O and the Hula-Hoop was invented in 1958
    • Waist A garment, or part of a garment, which covers the body from the neck or shoulders to the waist line.
    • Waist A girdle or belt for the waist.
    • Waist Hence, the middle part of other bodies; especially Naut, that part of a vessel's deck, bulwarks, etc., which is between the quarter-deck and the forecastle; the middle part of the ship.
    • Waist That part of the human body which is immediately below the ribs or thorax; the small part of the body between the thorax and hips. "I am in the waist two yards about."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It was during World War II that clothes with elastic waists were introduced. This is because the metal used in zippers was badly needed for the war
    • n waist In archery, the narrow middle or handle in a broad flat bow. Bows of this double-paddle shape are used by some primitive peoples.
    • n waist The part of the human body between the chest and the hips; the smaller or more compressible section of the trunk below the ribs and above the haunch-bones, including most of the abdomen and the loins. A woman's waist, if untampered with, which under the exigencies of modern costume is seldom the case, is naturally less contracted than a man's. The sculptures of the ancients furnish ample evidence of this.
    • n waist Something worn around the waist or body, as a belt or girdle.
    • n waist A garment covering the waist or trunk. An undergarment worn especially by children, to which petticoats and drawers are buttoned.
    • n waist Figuratively, that which surrounds like a girdle.
    • n waist That part of any object which bears some analogy to the human waist, somewhere near the middle of its height or length.
    • n waist Especially.
    • n waist The narrowest part of the body of musical instruments of the violin kind, formed by the bouts, or inward curves of the ribs near the middle of the body.
    • n waist Nautical, the central part of a ship.
    • n waist The middle part of a period of time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Hitchcock’s movie, "Rear Window", Jimmy Stewart plays a character wearing a leg cast from the waist down. In one scene, the cast switches legs, and in another, the signature on the cast is missing.
    • n Waist wāst the smallest part of the human trunk, between the ribs and the hips: the bodice of a woman's dress: the middle part, as of a ship, of a musical instrument—(Shak.) of a period of time; (Shak.) something that surrounds
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    “War -- what a waist of time. It's all about great achievements for the very few but hideous losses for the very many.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wast,; originally, growth, akin to AS. weaxan, to grow; cf. AS. wæstm, growth. See Wax to grow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wæxt, growth (Ice. vöxtr); conn, with wæstme, growth, weaxen, to grow.


In literature:

But I will never again feel the pressure of your arm round my waist.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
A lantern was burning on the companion, which enabled the party to see that the waist of the vessel was compactly packed with bales of cotton.
"A Victorious Union" by Oliver Optic
He hymned the whiteness of her neck, her slender waist, her whispers, the kisses of her mouth.
"Lore of Proserpine" by Maurice Hewlett
Christy found the person of whom the captain had spoken in the waist.
"Fighting for the Right" by Oliver Optic
The men had thrown aside their jackets, and many of those at the guns were stripped to the waist.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
The chalets are like fairy houses or toys, waist-deep in stores of winter fuel.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
We decided on the former plan, and soon were up to our waists in water.
"Into the Jaws of Death" by Jack O'Brien
Pins in the front of a dress waist are a sign that the wearer will be an old maid.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Her shirt-waist was serviceable in seasons as uncertain as the present.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Her hair fell over her shoulders, and curled below her waist.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

In poetry:

Beauteous in the foamy laughter
Bubbling round her shrinking waist,
Lo! from locks and lips and eyelids
Rain the glittering pearl-drops chaste!
"Daphne" by George Meredith
"You wish that I would sit to you?"
I clasped him madly round the waist,
And breathlessly replied, "I do!"
"All right," said he, "but please make haste."
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And, on her breast a clasp of pearl
Was stain'd with blood, fast flowing:
And round her lovely waist she wore
An amber zone; a cross she bore
Of rubies—richly glowing.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
Yes, all the young bloods fall for Nellie,
Though against them her dad used to warn her.
For he knew if they placed one arm round her waist
They'd be halfway round Tattenham Corner.
"The Bookmaker’s Daughter 1934" by Billy Bennett
As shews the air when with a rain-bow graced,
So smiles that ribbon 'bout my Julia's waist;
Or like——Nay, 'tis that Zonulet of love,
Wherein all pleasures of the world are wove.
"Upon Julia's Ribbon" by Robert Herrick
And when (so comfortably placed)
Suppose you only grew aware
That that dear, dainty little waist
Of hers looked very lonely there;
Pray tell me sooth—what would you do?
I know, and so do you.
"Suppose" by Eugene Field

In news:

She was wearing a tight dress with a belt around the waist and she had a noticeable pooch.
Although he was run over by a car at 14-months-old and paralyzed from the waist down, Patrick Ivison didn't let his disability stop him.
Charlotte Moorman , the cellist, avant-gardist and performance artist who won notoriety for her arrest by the New York City police in 1967 for playing the cello nude from the waist up, died yesterday in Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan.
On March 25, 1911, the workweek was ending at the Triangle Waist Company factory in Lower Manhattan.
How, for example, can they explain the fact that some men and women who are paralyzed and numb below the waist are able to have orgasms .
But lately, it's her on-trend style choices -- not pregnancy rumors -- that has her fans fixated on her waist.
Annual social raises money for charity and thickness for your waist.
On most days Malik Fairnot's pants are down well below his waist.
Storm dumps waist-high hail in Texas Panhandle.
But, I am seeing a disturbing trend that I hoped would never come back the super high waisted pants .
But in the spring of 1976, a bad hit during practice left him paralyzed from the waist down.
In August 2006, Buchheister, a dentist, suffered an injury at L1-L2, paralyzing him from the waist down.
Patrick Ivison was barely a year old when a car accidentally backed over him, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
A spinal injury put the former professional motocross rider in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down.
See what lunches from leftovers can save your waist (and your wallet).

In science:

By Theorem 1.4, the exterior of a waist one knot is composed of one or two handlebodies.
Waist and trunk of knots
In fact, there exists a knot K which satisfies waist(K ) = ⌊2bridge(K )/3⌋ for any integer bridge(K ), where ⌊x⌋ denotes the floor function.
Waist and trunk of knots
It can be seen that the regime of good focusing is rather broad: the waist size (and correspondingly, the angular divergence) must be made smaller or larger by roughly a factor of 5 to reduce the peak spectral density to half its maximum value.
Optimal Co-linear Gaussian Beams for Spontaneous Parametric Down-Conversion
The resulting relation between the waist W and E is approximated by a polynomial function W (E ).
Haus/Gross-Pitaevskii equation for random lasers
We also found wasp-waisted hysteresis loops in this case.
Critical Hysteresis in Random Field XY and Heisenberg Models