waist

noun
\ ˈwāst How to pronounce waist (audio) \

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 How to pronounce waisted (audio) \ 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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Just stand and face each other with one partner’s hands on the other’s waist and the other partner’s hands around the other’s neck. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "17 Kissing Positions You Should Try During Your Next Makeout Session," 9 Apr. 2019 Photo by Victor Demarchelier/Jose Lopez; Marc Jacobs top, pants, waist tie, socks, and shoes. Harper's BAZAAR, "Daniel Humm & Givenchy," 9 Apr. 2019 There’s a smart cane that clips on to a traditional cane and enables users to not just feel what’s on the ground in front of them but to identify objects above the waist. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 Since Eugenie has a curvier figure, Polk suspects that her dress will be structured and accentuate her waist and bust. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "There’s another royal wedding coming up: Princess Eugenie’s," 5 Oct. 2018 Why Harry was only shown dancing from the waist up in the Yule Ball scene might surprise you. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "33 Mind-Blowing "Harry Potter" Movie Facts That'll Make You Want to Watch Them All Over Again," 31 Jan. 2019 On those 100-degree days, nothing beats a waist-high wade into the river. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "How to beat the heat on your fishing trips in Idaho’s summer sun," 12 July 2018 Gray got ahead of Devers 1-2 but floated a waist-high curveball that Devers lofted just over the left-field wall. Jake Seiner, courant.com, "Sale Pitches Gem, Devers Slams Gray As Sox Whip Yankees," 30 June 2018 The barrier on the side of the causeway, the southernmost stretch of Interstate 45, is about waist-high. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He fell 40 feet from a bridge taking a selfie. Then Texas cops found the warrant," 20 June 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 How to pronounce waist (audio) \

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 How to pronounce waist (audio) \

Medical Definition of waist

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

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