waist

noun
\ ˈwāst \

Definition of waist

1a : the typically narrowed part of the body between the hips and chest or upper back put his arm around her waist
b : the greatly constricted basal part of the abdomen of some insects (such as wasps and flies)
2 : the part of something corresponding to or resembling the human waist: such as
a(1) : the part of a ship's deck between the poop and forecastle
(2) : the middle part of a sailing ship between foremast and mainmast
b : the middle section of the fuselage of an airplane
3 : a garment or the part of a garment covering the body from the neck to the waistline or just below:
b : blouse

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Other Words from waist

waisted \ ˈwā-​stəd \ adjective

Examples of waist in a Sentence

He has a narrow waist and broad shoulders. He put his arm around her waist. These pants have an elastic waist. The waist of this skirt is too tight.
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Don't just stick to boho versions; some of the best cold-shoulder blouses cinch the waist, showcase dramatic sleeves, and bring in prints to infuse easy glamour. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Honeymoon Packing List," 25 Jan. 2019 And those ends went past her waist, the longest strands reaching her hips. Marci Robin, Allure, "Priyanka Chopra Debuts Super-Long Hair at JBL Fest in Las Vegas," 21 Oct. 2018 Getting a small nameplate for your favorite gold chain or even to run across your oversize hoop earrings is standard practice by now, but wearing a massive version of it on your waist for all to see? Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Will Personal Branding Replace the Logo Trend? Kali Uchis Says Yes," 14 Jan. 2019 Rihanna also launched an #iamsavage collection of bralette, thong and bikinis bottoms that also sit high on the waist and feature her brand's signature in a rose gold logo. Fox News, "Rihanna surprises fans with Gigi and Bella Hadid in her Savage X Fenty runway show," 13 Sep. 2018 After meeting the actors face to face, Harry took his place behind Meghan and placed a protective hand on her waist for the photographs, which was pretty lovely in itself. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Accidentally Revealed Her Cute Nickname for Prince Harry During Their Hamilton Date Night," 31 Aug. 2018 Another study on the Mediterranean diet, which is high in MUFAs, found that even when eating an unrestricted diet (read: no calorie limits) high in MUFAs, participants lost weight and inches on their waist over a five-year period. 4. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "11 delicious avocado recipes that don't involve avocado toast," 1 June 2018 Photographs and video footage showed Savvides, with what appeared to be revolver strapped to a holster on his waist, trying to intervene in the closing moments of a home match against rival AEK of Athens, Reuters reported. Ajc Homepage, ajc, "Greek officials vow action after soccer team owner enters pitch with gun," 12 Mar. 2018 Eventually, the road peters out into the pier and the sea, where boys wade up to their waists, casting lines into the lazy surf. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of waist

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for waist

Middle English wast; probably akin to Old English wæstm growth, weaxan to grow — more at wax

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waist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of waist

: the middle part of your body between the hips and chest or upper back that is usually narrower than the areas above and below it
: the part of a piece of clothing that fits around your waist

waist

noun
\ ˈwāst \

Kids Definition of waist

1 : the part of the body between the hips and chest or upper back
2 : the part of a garment that fits around a person's waist

waist

noun
\ ˈwāst \

Medical Definition of waist

: the typically narrowed part of the body between the thorax and hips

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