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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Recent Examples on the Web Rittenhouse, 17, faces homicide charges from the Aug. 25 shootings during the civil unrest that followed the police shooting two days earlier of Jacob Blake, who was left paralyzed from the waist down. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kyle Rittenhouse released on $2 million bail," 20 Nov. 2020 Some were paralyzed from the waist down, others from the neck down. James E. Causey, jsonline.com, "Black male teachers can have a profound impact in the classroom. Unfortunately, they're a rarity.," 19 Nov. 2020 The shooting left Blake paralyzed from the waist down and sparked several nights of protests in Kenosha that turned violent at times. chicagotribune.com, "Jacob Blake, shot by police in Kenosha, reaches plea in earlier assault case," 9 Nov. 2020 In another mirror selfie, the two posed in towels as the actress wrapped her arm around the rapper’s waist. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly: What They've Said About Their Relationship," 20 Aug. 2020 In terms of design, the shorts have an extra high waist and minimal seams, plus a small pocket hidden in the inner waistband for your phone or keys. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "Everlane’s new bike shorts are a must-wear for summer workouts and beyond," 6 Aug. 2020 Two coastal state parks, Popham and Reid, are not allowing swimmers beyond waist deep water, state officials said. CBS News, "Dead seals with bite marks wash up on Maine beaches after woman killed by shark," 30 July 2020 In 1924—nine years before becoming the president and just a few years after polio paralyzed him from the waist down—Roosevelt traveled to this resort town in hopes of finding a cure in its therapeutic mineral waters. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Need a secret escape? These getaways are presidential.," 10 Nov. 2020 The shooting left Blake paralyzed from the waist down and sparked several nights of protests in Kenosha that turned violent at times. chicagotribune.com, "Jacob Blake, shot by police in Kenosha, reaches plea in earlier assault case," 9 Nov. 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

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“Waist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waist. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for waist

waist

noun
How to pronounce waist (audio)

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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