\ 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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Mealer, once paralyzed from the waist down, was able to lead the Wolverines onto the field during the 2010 home opener with the use of two canes. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Michigan football, hockey stars to play in Mike Barwis' charity golf tournament," 17 June 2019 The victim, now 41 years old, is paralyzed from the waist down, Walsh said. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "Akron man sentenced to 10 years for bar shooting that paralyzed victim," 12 June 2019 The accident left Bailey paralyzed from the waist down. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, "Foundation Academy football player Bailey Trinder survives brutal crash, inspires others with his perseverance," 11 June 2019 It was named after the former Arizona State player, who suffered paralysis from the waist down playing for the Sun Devils. Richard Obert, azcentral, "GCU baseball ties school record with 5 players taken in MLB draft," 5 June 2019 Leyzaola decided to run for mayor of Tijuana after an assassination attempt in Juarez in 2015 left him paralyzed from the waist down. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "In Tijuana mayoral race, businessman claims victory over tough-talking ex-cop," 3 June 2019 Moreno, a 66-year-old who uses a wheelchair after being shot and paralyzed from the waist down in a 1998 robbery, is usually a jovial figure. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "After 7 long years, Assange’s capture happened quickly," 16 Apr. 2019 For pants, put the legs together and roll from the waist down. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "14 Genius Packing Tips to Help You Travel Like a Pro," 9 Apr. 2019 To make matters worse, the website also includes a photo of Pitt and ex-wife Angelina Jolie as their Mr. & Mrs. Smith characters, with Pitt’s other ex Jennifer Aniston pulling a rope around Pitt’s waist. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Brad Pitt Is Not Happy The Straight Pride Parade Made Him Their Mascot," 7 June 2019

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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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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


\ 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


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Medical Definition of waist

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

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