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 girdle (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 As the researchers write in the journal Royal Society Open Science, bodily fluids recovered from a late 15th- or early 16th-century girdle made out of four pieces of sheepskin parchment proved key to the study. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Medieval Woman Wore This ‘Birthing Girdle’ to Protect Herself During Labor," 11 Mar. 2021 The girdle contained dozens of additional proteins. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Medieval ‘birthing girdle’ contains delivery fluid, milk, and honey," 9 Mar. 2021 Yes, through a small hole in the girdle’s crotch area for convenience (those outfits were hard to take all the way off, okay?). Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Alison Brie Recalls Her Unfortunate ‘Peeing Incident’ on the Set of Mad Men," 30 Dec. 2020 But Alison Brie—who played Trudy Campbell on the series from 2007-2015—did once pee her girdle on set. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Alison Brie Recalls Her Unfortunate ‘Peeing Incident’ on the Set of Mad Men," 30 Dec. 2020 Burrowing and feeding larvae eventually girdle trees, killing them. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "Can an ambitious breeding effort save North America’s ash trees?," 12 Nov. 2020 Heracles performed ten more Labors, among them slaying man-eating birds and mad mares, capturing crazy Spanish cows, pilfering the magic girdle of the Amazon queen, and diverting a river to cleanse the Augean stables. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Covid Hydra Bites a Baltimore Museum," 30 Oct. 2020 In Hanle, a girdle of mountains shuts out clouds and rain, and no town, industry, or highway exists to taint the air or brighten the sky. Raghu Karnad, The New Yorker, "The Clear Night Sky Over India and China’s Hostile Border," 19 Sep. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Be sure to remove any nylon or plastic covering or string, since these materials never decompose and can girdle the trunk and roots as the plant grows. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Now that you’ve dug a hole, here’s how to plant your tree," 26 Oct. 2020 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

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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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26 Mar 2021

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“Girdle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/girdle. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for girdle

girdle

noun

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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