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girdle

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noun gir·dle \ˈgər-dəl\

Simple Definition of girdle

  • : something that wraps or circles around something else; specifically : a tight piece of clothing worn especially in the past by women under other clothes to make the area around the waist look thinner

Full Definition of girdle

  1. 1 :  something that encircles or confines: as a :  an article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist b :  a woman's close-fitting undergarment often boned and usually elasticized that extends from the waist to below the hips c (1) :  shoulder girdle (2) :  pelvic girdle

  2. 2 :  the edge of a brilliant that is grasped by the setting — see brilliant illustration

Examples of girdle

  1. <drew a handkerchief from the girdle around her waist and offered it to the knight as a token of affection>



Origin of girdle

Middle English girdel, from Old English gyrdel; akin to Old High German gurtil girdle, Old English gyrdan to gird


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with girdle


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girdle

verb gir·dle

Simple Definition of girdle

  • : to form a circle around (something) or to surround (something)

Full Definition of girdle

gir·dledgir·dling play \ˈgər-dəl-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to encircle with or as if with a girdle

  3. 2 :  to cut away the bark and cambium in a ring around (a plant) usually to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients

  4. 3 :  to move around :  circle <girdled the world>

Examples of girdle

  1. the rings that girdle the planet Saturn

  2. <trees girdled the campus, essentially hiding it from view>



1582

First Known Use of girdle

1582


Medical Dictionary

girdle

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noun gir·dle \ˈgərd-ə1\

Medical Definition of girdle

  1. :  either of two more or less complete bony rings at the anterior and posterior ends of the vertebrate trunk supporting the arms and legs respectively:a:  pectoral girdleb:  pelvic girdle





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