girdle

noun
gir·​dle | \ ˈgər-dᵊl How to pronounce girdle (audio) \

Definition of girdle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that encircles or confines: such as
a : an article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist
b : a woman's close-fitting undergarment often boned and usually elasticized that extends from the waist to below the hips
2 : the edge of a brilliant that is grasped by the setting — see brilliant illustration

girdle

verb
girdled; girdling\ ˈgər-​dᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce girdling (audio) \

Definition of girdle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to encircle with or as if with a girdle
2 : to cut away the bark and cambium in a ring around (a plant) usually to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients
3 : to move around : circle girdled the world

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Synonyms & Antonyms for girdle

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of girdle in a Sentence

Noun drew a handkerchief from the girdle around her waist and offered it to the knight as a token of affection Verb the rings that girdle the planet Saturn trees girdled the campus, essentially hiding it from view
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The catch is that the salamander-like strut the beefy hip girdle theoretically makes possible has only been conclusively documented in the cave angel fish. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Study Finds Ten Species of Fish That May Have a Secret Talent for Walking on Land," 14 Sep. 2020 Three patients with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy Type 2E who got the high dose of Sarepta’s SRP-9003 produced greater levels of the protein beta-sarcoglycan. Bailey Lipschultz, BostonGlobe.com, "Sarepta gene therapy win helps to validate broader platform," 8 June 2020 Ten months later, just shy of my 18th birthday, I was diagnosed with an adult-onset, degenerative muscle disease called limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. Christopher Anselmo, STAT, "I’ve been cared for by dozens of clinicians in nearly 20 years. I’m in awe of their work on Covid-19," 4 Apr. 2020 Next to her, police found a receipt, a girdle and bloody newspapers. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "25 Years After 'Baby Jane Doe' Is Found Dead in Trash, La. Mom is Arrested on Murder Charges," 26 Sep. 2019 Squeezing into girdles and the societal expectations of femininity that came with them seemed outdated, and so young women reached for something different. Marlen Komar, Time, "Tights Are Now a Fall Fashion Staple—But They Were Once a Revolutionary Style Statement," 20 Sep. 2019 The Spanx of today, however, is about more than just modern girdles. Alexandra Cavallo, USA TODAY, "These things from Spanx have hundreds of rave reviews—and none are shapewear," 24 Feb. 2020 She was bruised and nude from the waist down; her pantyhose and girdle bunched around her knees. Tamara Lush And Adrian Sainz, chicagotribune.com, "California inmate who claims to have killed 90 women is most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, FBI says," 7 Oct. 2019 She was bruised and nude from the waist down; her pantyhose and girdle bunched around her knees. Tamara Lush And Adrian Sainz, chicagotribune.com, "California inmate who claims to have killed 90 women is most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, FBI says," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The spots rapidly enlarge to form purplish black lesions, which girdle the stems and leaves, killing the foliage. oregonlive, "Grow the best tomatoes by identifying and treating common troubles," 29 June 2020 Moreover, the development of girdling roots beneath a mulch volcano is a virtual certainty. cleveland, "Avoid mulching mistakes and better care for your trees," 23 Apr. 2020 Nobody may be happier about that than some U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers who rescued the mother and four other armadillo girdled lizards at the Cincinnati port of entry last November. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Rescued armadillo girdled lizard hidden in a stuffed animal gives birth at the Cincinnati Zoo," 18 Apr. 2020 The image was obtained using data from the Event Horizon Telescope, a globe-girdling network of radio telescopes. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "the first image of a black hole," 7 Apr. 2020 These girdling roots cause compression of the stem and sapwood. Rebecca Jepsen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area gardens: How to cope with Japanese maple dieback," 28 Aug. 2019 Encastled behind lofty walls and girdled by greensward (sprinklers feed the greenness, with a gentle hiss) is the home of Park Dong-ik (Lee Sun-kyun) and his wife, Yeon-kyo (Jo Yeo-jeong), who is somewhat less serene than her surroundings. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Parasite” Explores What Lies Beneath," 11 Oct. 2019 When not in use, the loop around the limb is relaxed, which allows the tree to grow without strangling or girdling it. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "How to Hang a Rope Swing in Your Favorite Tree," 8 Aug. 2019 The barbs of Megatrygon microps are large, and the rays have strong muscles girdling their tail. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "The ocean's largest, rarest stingray revealed in new video," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of girdle

Noun

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

Verb

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for girdle

Noun

Middle English girdel, gurdel "belt, baldric," going back to Old English gyrdel "belt, part of the body encircled by a belt," going back to Germanic *gurđila- (whence also Old Frisian gerdel "belt, girdle," Old High German gurtil, Old Norse gyrðill), instrumental derivative from *gurđjan- "to encircle with a belt" — more at gird entry 1

Verb

derivative of girdle entry 1

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The first known use of girdle was before the 12th century

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21 Sep 2020

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“Girdle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/girdle. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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girdle

noun
How to pronounce girdle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of girdle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that wraps or circles around something else specifically : a tight piece of clothing worn especially in the past by women under other clothes to make the area around the waist look thinner

girdle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of girdle (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : to form a circle around (something) or to surround (something)

girdle

noun
gir·​dle | \ ˈgər-dᵊl How to pronounce girdle (audio) \

Kids Definition of girdle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something (as a belt or sash) that encircles or binds
2 : a tight undergarment worn below the waist by women

girdle

verb
girdled; girdling

Kids Definition of girdle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to bind with or as if with a girdle, belt, or sash : encircle
2 : to strip a ring of bark from a tree trunk

girdle

noun
gir·​dle | \ ˈgərd-ᵊ1 How to pronounce girdle (audio) \

Medical Definition of girdle

: either of two more or less complete bony rings at the anterior and posterior ends of the vertebrate trunk supporting the arms and legs respectively:

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