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girdle


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Girdle  \Gir"dle\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Girdled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Girdling}.] 
  1.  To  bind  with  a  belt  or  sash;  to  gird.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  inclose;  to  environ;  to  shut  in 
 
  Those  sleeping  stones,  That  as  a  waist  doth  girdle 
  you  about  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  make  a  cut  or  gnaw  a  groove  around  (a  tree,  etc.) 
  through  the  bark  and  alburnum,  thus  killing  it  [U.  S.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Girdle  \Gir"dle\,  n. 
  A  griddle.  [Scot.  &  Prov.  Eng.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Girdle  \Gir"dle\,  n.  [OE.  gurdel,  girdel,  AS  gyrdel  fr 
  gyrdan  akin  to  D.  gordel,  G.  g["u]rtel,  Icel.  gyr?ill.  See 
  {Gird},  v.  t.,  to  encircle,  and  cf  {Girth},  n.] 
  1.  That  which  girds,  encircles,  or  incloses;  a  circumference; 
  a  belt;  esp.,  a  belt,  sash,  or  article  of  dress  encircling 
  the  body  usually  at  the  waist;  a  cestus. 
 
  Within  the  girdle  of  these  walls.  --Shak. 
 
  Their  breasts  girded  with  golden  girdles.  --Rev.  xv 
  6. 
 
  2.  The  zodiac;  also  the  equator.  [Poetic]  --Bacon. 
 
  From  the  world's  girdle  to  the  frozen  pole. 
  --Cowper. 
 
  That  gems  the  starry  girdle  of  the  year.  --Campbell. 
 
  3.  (Jewelry)  The  line  ofgreatest  circumference  of  a 
  brilliant-cut  diamond,  at  which  it  is  grasped  by  the 
  setting.  See  Illust.  of  {Brilliant}.  --Knight. 
 
  4.  (Mining)  A  thin  bed  or  stratum  of  stone.  --Raymond. 
 
  5.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  clitellus  of  an  earthworm. 
 
  {Girdle  bone}  (Anat.),  the  sphenethmoid.  See  under 
  {Sphenethmoid}. 
 
  {Girdle  wheel},  a  spinning  wheel. 
 
  {Sea  girdle}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  ctenophore.  See  {Venus's  girdle}, 
  under  {Venus}. 
 
  {Shoulder},  {Pectoral},  &  {Pelvic},  {girdle}.  (Anat.)  See 
  under  {Pectoral},  and  {Pelvic}. 
 
  {To  have  under  the  girdle},  to  have  bound  to  one  that  is  in 
  subjection. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  girdle 
  n  1:  a  band  of  material  around  the  waist  that  strengthens  a  skirt 
  or  trousers  [syn:  {cincture},  {sash},  {waistband},  {waistcloth}] 
  2:  a  woman's  close-fitting  foundation  garment  [syn:  {corset},  {panty 
  girdle},  {stays}] 
  v  1:  cut  a  girdle  around  (a  plant)  so  as  to  kill  by  interrupting 
  the  circulation  of  water  and  nutrients  [syn:  {deaden}] 
  2:  put  a  girdle  on  or  around  [syn:  {gird}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Girdle 
  (1.)  Heb.  hagor,  a  girdle  of  any  kind  worn  by  soldiers  (1  Sam. 
  18:4;  2  Sam.  20:8;  1  Kings  2:5;  2  Kings  3:21)  or  women  (Isa. 
  3:24). 
 
  (2.)  Heb.  'ezor,  something  "bound,"  worn  by  prophets  (2  Kings 
  1:8;  Jer.  13:1),  soldiers  (Isa.  5:27;  2  Sam.  20:8;  Ezek.  23:15), 
  Kings  (Job  12:18). 
 
  (3.)  Heb.  mezah,  a  "band,"  a  girdle  worn  by  men  alone  (Ps. 
  109:19;  Isa.  22:21). 
 
  (4.)  Heb.  'abnet,  the  girdle  of  sacerdotal  and  state  officers 
  (Ex.  28:4,  39,  40;  29:9;  39:29). 
 
  (5.)  Heb.  hesheb  the  "curious  girdle"  (Ex.  28:8;  R.V., 
  "cunningly  woven  band")  was  attached  to  the  ephod,  and  was  made 
  of  the  same  material. 
 
  The  common  girdle  was  made  of  leather  (2  Kings  1:8;  Matt. 
  3:4);  a  finer  sort  of  linen  (Jer.  13:1;  Ezek.  16:10;  Dan.  10:5). 
  Girdles  of  sackcloth  were  worn  in  token  of  sorrow  (Isa.  3:24; 
  22:12).  They  were  variously  fastened  to  the  wearer  (Mark  1:6; 
  Jer.  13:1;  Ezek.  16:10). 
 
  The  girdle  was  a  symbol  of  strength  and  power  (Job  12:18,  21; 
  30:11;  Isa.  22:21;  45:5).  "Righteousness  and  faithfulness"  are 
  the  girdle  of  the  Messiah  (Isa.  11:5). 
 
  Girdles  were  used  as  purses  or  pockets  (Matt.  10:9.  A.  V., 
  "purses;"  R.V.,  marg.,  "girdles."  Also  Mark  6:8). 
 




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