\ 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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waisted \ ˈwā-​stəd How to pronounce waist (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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Recent Examples on the Web As Malcolm — played by John David Washington who was styled by Samantha McMillen — grazes Marie’s waist with his hands, the camera follows his fingers, showing every fold of the intricately rich fabric that looks made from liquid mercury. Irina Grechko, refinery29.com, "Even In Black & White, Law Roach’s Costumes Shine In Malcolm & Marie," 4 Feb. 2021 The shooting paralyzed Blake below the waist, according to his family. NBC News, "No charges filed against Kenosha officers in Jacob Blake shooting," 5 Jan. 2021 Cortnie started creating everything, from clutches and totes to waist bags and backpacks, and started selling her creations on Etsy. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "14 Black-Owned Handbag Brands to Know and Shop in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 Quick-release waist belts are adjustable up to 42 inches. Mike Dickerson, Outdoor Life, "8 Top Concealed Carry Options for Hikers, Runners, and Cyclists," 23 Oct. 2020 At other times, to step between the waist-high tires and make your way between the smooth or ribbed walls was to invade a space at a libidinal saturation impossible to describe to someone who has not known it. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, "100 Boyfriends Is a Taxonomy of Desire," 1 Feb. 2021 As Schwetz and others closed in on them, the medics retreated until they were pressed against a waist-high hedge. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "Among the Insurrectionists," 15 Jan. 2021 However unfortunate, this is a predictable problem for a 16-story structure of twisting walkways with railings that are only around waist-high. Willy Blackmore, Curbed, "After a Third Suicide, the Vessel at Hudson Yards Closes Indefinitely," 12 Jan. 2021 In many places, a line of waist-high, movable metal barriers was all that separated protesters from clumps of police and the building. Karoun Demirjian, Star Tribune, "How barricaded lawmakers and aides sounded urgent pleas for help as police lost control," 10 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of waist was in the 14th century

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21 Feb 2021

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“Waist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waist. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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