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waist

noun \ˈwāst\

: the middle part of your body between the hips and chest or upper back that is usually narrower than the areas above and below it

: the part of a piece of clothing that fits around your waist

Full Definition of WAIST

1
a :  the typically narrowed part of the body between the thorax and hips
b :  the greatly constricted basal part of the abdomen of some insects (as wasps and flies)
2
:  the part of something corresponding to or resembling the human waist: as
a (1) :  the part of a ship's deck between the poop and forecastle
(2) :  the middle part of a sailing ship between foremast and mainmast
b :  the middle section of the fuselage of an airplane
3
:  a garment or the part of a garment covering the body from the neck to the waistline or just below:
a :  bodice 1
b :  blouse
4
:  waistline 1b
waist·ed \ˈwā-stəd\ adjective
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Examples of WAIST

  1. He has a narrow waist and broad shoulders.
  2. He put his arm around her waist.
  3. These pants have an elastic waist.
  4. The waist of this skirt is too tight.

Origin of WAIST

Middle English wast; probably akin to Old English wæstm growth, weaxan to grow — more at wax
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to WAIST

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

Rhymes with WAIST

WAIST Defined for Kids

waist

noun \ˈwāst\

Definition of WAIST for Kids

1
:  the part of the body between the hips and chest or upper back
2
:  the part of a garment that fits around a person's waist
Medical Dictionary

waist

noun \ˈwāst\

Medical Definition of WAIST

:  the typically narrowed part of the body between the thorax and hips

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