belt·​line | \ ˈbelt-ˌlīn How to pronounce beltline (audio) \
variants: or belt line
plural beltlines or belt lines

Definition of beltline

1 : a line encircling the narrowest part of the waist : waistline also : the part of a piece of clothing that covers the waistline The three of them scuffled for a few seconds before the purse-snatcher reached for a pistol tucked in his beltline. — Elliott Woods
2 automotive : the line of an automobile body along the side of the vehicle just below the windows The car has a low beltline and a lot of glass for good visibility.— Marshall Schuon
3a usually belt line : a railroad going wholly or partly around a city for the interchange of traffic between trunk lines or for handling traffic to terminals off the trunk lines
b : a transport line (such as a highway) that typically encircles a city

Examples of beltline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The beltline around the top of the doors is capable of carrying a load, allowing items to be mounted to the outside, and like the Jeep Wrangler users will be able to fully remove the doors. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "INEOS Grenadier Looks a Lot Like the Old Land Rover Defender, and That's the Point," 1 July 2020 Standard on Limited is a ribbon-chrome line that creates a light path of eye-candy tracking from the winged mirrors though the beltline and back to the front hood and headlamps. Sue Mead, Houston Chronicle, "2020 Hyundai Sonata upgraded with a more striking design, new body architecture," 15 Nov. 2019 There's a tight crease on the beltline that extends all the way to the headlights from the middle of the rear door, with another crease starting just above the rear door handle and curving up over the rear fender. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Debuts June 11 with Rear-Wheel Steering," 29 May 2019 The driving compartment is light and airy thanks to the low beltline, with the switchgear all coming from Volvo, another Geely subsidiary. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Hacks R Us: We Drive London's New Plug-In Electric Taxicab!," 29 Mar. 2018 Sharp creases accented the wheel wells and the beltline. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Volkswagen’s Atlas family crossover has room for seven, lots of technology | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 Feb. 2018 Somewhere outside Chris Christie’s beltline there’s an actual garden in New Jersey. David Whitley,, "UCF has license (plate) to boast," 18 Jan. 2018 The bed height has been raised by 1.5 inches, which aligns it with the beltline of the body to create a stronger, consistent horizontal profile with aero benefits. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Inside FCA's Ford F-150 Challenger: The Ram 1500 Truck," 15 Jan. 2018 Hosmer unleashed his swing on Holland’s 86 mph slider, a hanging pitch that came in above Hosmer’s beltline, and drilled the baseball into the right field corner for a three-run, walk-off homer. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Historic homers, walk-off hits will be replayed for Royals’ Christmas Eve marathon," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of beltline

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

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14 Jul 2020

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“Beltline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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