belt

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noun (1)

1
a
: a strip of flexible material worn especially around the waist as an item of clothing or a means of carrying something (such as tools)
b
: a similar article worn as a corset or for protection or safety or as a symbol of distinction
2
: a continuous band of tough flexible material for transmitting motion and power or conveying materials
3
a
: an area characterized by some distinctive feature (as of culture, habitation, geology, or life forms)
especially : one suited to a particular crop
the corn belt
4
belted adjective
beltless adjective

belt

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verb

belted; belting; belts

transitive verb

1
a
: to encircle or fasten with a belt
b
: to strap on
2
a
: to beat with or as if with a belt : thrash
b
: strike, hit
3
: to mark with a band
4
: to sing in a forceful manner or style
belting out popular songs
5
: to drink quickly
belted down a shot of whisky

intransitive verb

1
: to move or act in a speedy, vigorous, or violent manner
2
: to sing loudly

belt

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noun (2)

1
: a jarring blow : whack
2
: drink
a belt of gin
Phrases
below the belt under one's belt
: in one's possession : as part of one's experience

Examples of belt in a Sentence

Verb His bathrobe was loosely belted. He belted the ball down the fairway. Some drunk got mad and threatened to belt me.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
To be imperfectly truthful, I was intimidated by his reality— a lonely homosexual adult who dressed funnily in summery shirts and baggy pants, belt buckle to the side, his sad moon-face pocked as the moon itself, and with a name like a medieval vender’s. Billy Collins, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 This casual pull-on style has a round neck, long sleeves, and a knee-length pleated swing skirt that would look great with a belt and heels or a shawl and boots. Mia Huelsbeck, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 In fact, the Jazz Age was Dunhill’s golden period, full of chic and inventive designs such as a watch set in a belt buckle for sports, another inside a key, one atop a pen, and yet others, called captive watches, where the dials popped out of ornamental cases. Paul Croughton, Robb Report, 17 Feb. 2024 The all-carbon frame is powered on a 250-watt motor, running on a durable carbon belt that avoids any risk of grease stains. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 Carbon fiber dominates the interior appointments, including the center console extension, the belt outlet covers on the seats, the décor on the center console, the doorinserts, and the adjoining trim on the instrument panel. Josh Max, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 The Frankie Shop has also gotten on board, selling pleated wool miniskirts, also complete with the double belt. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2024 There’s the option to use the European belt path for seat belt-only installation. Jessica Booth, Parents, 14 Feb. 2024 Shop belt bags, sweater sets, palazzo pants, and more. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 6 Feb. 2024
Verb
The film belted past box office expectations in January with its $33.2 million opening. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2024 That means two things: 1) All the passengers were supposed to still be belted into their seats and not moving around the cabin. Chris Isidore, CNN, 18 Feb. 2024 Shortly after, a smooth baritone voice passionately belts out about chicken wings from the phone. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 16 Feb. 2024 Kelce jumped up onstage, singled out the 14-time Grammy winner in the crowd and excitedly belted his girlfriend’s lyrics to her as the pair lovingly pointed at each other. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 15 Feb. 2024 He’s also clearly threatened by Ruby, who can be seen hosting soirées, hunting game and, at one point, belting graveside at a funeral. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 Wilson found his own authority by belting out gospel hymns. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 The decompression in the cabin after the blowout would have been far stronger, and passengers and flight attendants might have been walking around instead of being belted into their seats. David Koenig, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024 The toddler wore a giant white robe that was belted at the waist and covered in food stains, posing with remnants of food around his face. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German balz belt; both from Latin balteus belt

Verb

Middle English belten, derivative of belt belt entry 1

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of belt was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Belt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/belt. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

belt

1 of 3 noun
1
: a strip of flexible material (as leather) worn around a person's body for holding in or supporting something (as clothing, tools, or weapons) or for ornament
2
: a flexible continuous band running around wheels or pulleys and used for moving or carrying something
a fan belt on a car
3
: a region suited to or producing something or having some special feature
the corn belt
a storm belt
belted adjective

belt

2 of 3 verb
1
: to put a belt on or around
2
: to hit hard
belt a home run
3
: to mark with a band
4
: to sing in a forceful way
belt out a song

belt

3 of 3 noun
: a jarring blow

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