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 Drayton Place moved to the beltline in 2003 and was gone in a year or two. al, 8 Apr. 2021 The interior is airy and spacious, with a low beltline and a generous rear seat. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 2 Mar. 2021 The upswept beltline that carries over from the EV with the new face does kind of give this the look of a baby Blazer. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 There will still a lot more to be done: City plans envision three sections of Greenway stretching from Langan Park to the beltline. al, 5 Nov. 2020 Then there’s one last stage, a daunting keystone that ties everything together across the beltline. al, 5 Nov. 2020 Better yet, in three years there could be a continuous pathway for cyclists and pedestrians going stretching from Bush Park, near the I-65 beltline, to downtown Mobile. al, 5 Nov. 2020 The combination of a high beltline and huge pillars also limits visibility, especially from the driver's seat, where there are substantial blind spots to the front three-quarters and over the shoulder. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 23 Sep. 2020 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, 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of beltline

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

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22 Apr 2021

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“Beltline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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