\ 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:

a : bodice sense 1

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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Moss styled her floaty black frock with a familiar 1980s staple—a wide, waist-cinching belt—instantly transforming what could have otherwise been a basic dress into something far more fashion forward. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Moss Has Just the Right Styling Trick to Transform a Little Black Dress," 13 July 2018 The singers both wore drawstring-waist pants in a bright hue of orange but styled them in slightly different ways. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Alessia Cara Match in Orange at the Amazon Music Unboxing Prime Event," 12 July 2018 The length falls at waist level while above-the-brow bangs frame her face. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Jessica Simpson Wore Red Hair With Bangs for Her Birthday," 12 July 2018 Following on from her Irish-inspired green look yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex opted for a somewhat more muted shade of taupe this time with a Roland Mouret dress, featuring an asymmetrical skirt and sash waist. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Taupe Roland Mouret Dress Means Business for Day 2 of Her Ireland Trip," 11 July 2018 The sleek, boatneck number featured long sleeves, a midi hemline, and a large ruffle detail hanging from the right side of the waist. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Roland Mouret Dress and Givenchy Suit in Ireland with Prince Harry," 11 July 2018 The Duchess began her day in a bespoke Dior little black dress that drew comparisons to her elegant white Givenchy wedding gown, due to its bateau neckline, fitted waist, and flared skirt. Cady Lang, Time, "Meghan Markle Changed Her Outfit Five Times In 24 Hours," 11 July 2018 The agency is requesting bottled water; non-perishable food such as canned corn, beans, potatoes and carrots; new women’s clothing sizes 2 to 6; new men’s pants, waist sizes up to 28 inches; new children’s clothing; and reusable shopping bags. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Catholic Charities requesting supplies for families at border," 10 July 2018 Instead of pushing a baby jogger ahead of you with arms frozen in place, the Kid Runner carriage tracks behind you via a waist belt, allowing your arms to swing free. Roy M. Wallack, latimes.com, "Summer is calling: Fitness gear to get you outdoors – and moving," 5 July 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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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


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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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