girth

noun
\ ˈgərth \

Definition of girth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a band or strap that encircles the body of an animal to fasten something (such as a saddle) on its back
2a : a measure around a body a man of more than average girth the girth of a tree

girth

verb
girthed; girthing; girths

Definition of girth (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : encircle
2 : to bind or fasten with a band or strap
3 : to measure around the body of something

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Synonyms & Antonyms for girth

Synonyms: Noun

circumference

Synonyms: Verb

band, begird, belt, engird [archaic], engirdle, enwind, gird, girdle, girt, wrap

Antonyms: Verb

ungird, unwrap

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Examples of girth in a Sentence

Noun

The tree is about two meters in girth. a person of large girth a girth of about two meters

Verb

you'll need to make sure you girth the saddle tightly or you'll fall off the horse his arms couldn't quite girth the stone column
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those big ships offer big profits and efficiencies, so much so that ports have been dredging channels and deepening docks to accommodate their girth. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Offshore Mega-Terminals Are Coming Because Oil Supertankers Are Too Big for Our Ports," 14 Sep. 2018 Packages that are longer than 96 inches on any side, or whose longest side plus girth—calculated as twice the width plus twice the height—exceeds 130 inches, already incur a surcharge of $80, according to UPS rate guidelines. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "UPS Really Doesn’t Want to Ship Your Refrigerator With Your Socks," 23 May 2018 Then, about an hour later, he was led from the station house in TriBeCa and taken to the court at 100 Centre Street, his arms pinned behind him in three sets of handcuffs to accommodate his girth, a law enforcement official said. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Arrested on Rape Charges, Weinstein Posts $1 Million Bail," 25 May 2018 The shark was 14 feet long, with a fork length of 135 inches and a girth of 78 inches, according to Cedillo. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Texas fisherman reels in hammerhead shark 'catch of multiple lifetimes'," 16 July 2018 Beadnose, for example, was seated in her end-of-summer portrait in a girth-accentuating position that some observers compared to a Hershey’s Kiss, while other bears were shown standing. Karin Brulliard, The Seattle Times, "America’s fattest bear has now been crowned," 9 Oct. 2018 Their silence strikes me as much as their height and girth. Robert Earle Howells, SFChronicle.com, "Should we hide the locations of Earth’s greatest trees?," 3 July 2018 The unexpected catch was 6 feet 2 inches long, with a 30.5-inch girth. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Fishermen hoping to catch catfish reel in massive alligator gar, instead," 31 May 2018 About an hour later, he was led from the First Police Precinct in TriBeCa and taken to court on Centre Street to face rape charges, his arms pinned behind him in three sets of handcuffs to accommodate his girth, a law enforcement official said. Author: Benjamin Mueller, Alan Feuer, Anchorage Daily News, "Charged with rape, Weinstein posts $1 million bail and surrenders passport," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of girth

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for girth

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old Norse gjǫrth; akin to Old English gyrdan to gird

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Dictionary Entries near girth

girse

girsle

girt

girth

Girtin

girtline

gisant

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The first known use of girth was in the 13th century

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girth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of girth

: the size of someone or something measured around the middle
: a band or strap placed around the body of an animal (such as a horse) to hold something (such as a saddle) on its back

girth

noun
\ ˈgərth \

Kids Definition of girth

1 : the measure or distance around something the girth of a tree
2 : a band put around the body of an animal to hold something (as a saddle) on its back

girth

noun
\ ˈgərth \

Medical Definition of girth

: a measure around a body

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