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: the act of encircling
: an encircling area
: girdle, belt
: a cord or sash of cloth worn around an ecclesiastical vestment or the habit of a member of a religious order under monastic vows
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1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Latin cinctura girdle, from cinctus, past participle of cingere to gird; probably akin to Sanskrit kāñcī girdle
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