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girdle

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noun gir·dle \ ˈgər-dᵊl \

Definition of girdle

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

Examples of girdle in a Sentence

  1. drew a handkerchief from the girdle around her waist and offered it to the knight as a token of affection

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Origin and Etymology of girdle

Middle English girdel, from Old English gyrdel; akin to Old High German gurtil girdle, Old English gyrdan to gird


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girdle

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Definition of girdle

girdled; girdling play \ˈgər-dᵊl-iŋ\
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

Examples of girdle in a Sentence

  1. the rings that girdle the planet Saturn

  2. trees girdled the campus, essentially hiding it from view

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First Known Use of girdle

1582

girdle Synonyms


GIRDLE Defined for English Language Learners

girdle

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Definition of girdle for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of girdle for English Language Learners

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


GIRDLE Defined for Kids

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girdle

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noun gir·dle \ ˈgər-dᵊl \

Definition of girdle for Students

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

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girdle

verb

Definition of girdle for Students

girdled; girdling
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

Medical Dictionary

girdle

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noun gir·dle \ ˈgərd-ᵊ1 \

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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