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girdle

GIRD'LE, n.

1. A band or belt; something drawn round the waist of a person, and tied or buckled; as a girdle of fine lines; a leathern girdle.

2. Inclosure; circumference.

3. The zodiac.

4. A round iron plate for baking.

5. Among jewelers,the line which encompasses the stone, parallel to the horizon.

GIRD'LE, v.t. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird.

1. To inclose; to enrivon; to shut in.

2. In America, to make a circular incision, like a belt, through the bark and alburnum of a tree to kill it.



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GIRD'LE, n.

1. A band or belt; something drawn round the waist of a person, and tied or buckled; as a girdle of fine lines; a leathern girdle.

2. Inclosure; circumference.

3. The zodiac.

4. A round iron plate for baking.

5. Among jewelers,the line which encompasses the stone, parallel to the horizon.

GIRD'LE, v.t. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird.

1. To inclose; to enrivon; to shut in.

2. In America, to make a circular incision, like a belt, through the bark and alburnum of a tree to kill it.

GIRD'LE, n. [Sax. gyrdle, gyrdl; Sw. gördel; G. gürtel; D. gordel.]

  1. A band or belt; something drawn round the waist of a person, and tied or buckled; as, a girdle of fine linen; a leathern girdle.
  2. Inclosure; circumference. Within the girdle of these walls. Shak.
  3. The zodiac. Bacon.
  4. A round iron plate for baking. [Qu. griddle.] Pegge.
  5. Among jewelers, the line which encompasses the stone, parallel to the horizon. Cyc.

GIRD'LE, v.t.

  1. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird. Shak.
  2. To inclose; to environ; to shut in. Shak.
  3. In America, to make a circular incision, like a belt, through the bark and alburnum of a tree to kill it. New England. Belknap. Dwight.

Gir"dle
  1. A griddle.

    [Scot. *** Prov. Eng.]
  2. 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.

  3. To bind with a belt or sash] to gird.

    Shak.
  4. 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.

  5. To inclose; to environ; to shut in.

    Those sleeping stones,
    That as a waist doth girdle you about.
    Shak.

  6. The line ofgreatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting. See Illust. of Brilliant.

    Knight.
  7. To make a cut or gnaw a groove around (a tree, etc.) through the bark and alburnum, thus killing it.

    [U. S.]
  8. A thin bed or stratum of stone.

    Raymond.
  9. The clitellus of an earthworm.

    Girdle bone (Anat.), the sphenethmoid. See under Sphenethmoid. -- Girdle wheel, a spinning wheel. -- Sea girdle (Zoöl.), a ctenophore. See Venus's girdle, under Venus. -- Shoulder, Pectoral, ***and] Pelvic, girdle. (Anat.) See under Pectoral, and Pelvic. -- To have under the girdle, to have bound to one, that is, in subjection.

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Girdle

GIRD'LE, noun

1. A band or belt; something drawn round the waist of a person, and tied or buckled; as a girdle of fine lines; a leathern girdle

2. Inclosure; circumference.

3. The zodiac.

4. A round iron plate for baking.

5. Among jewelers, the line which encompasses the stone, parallel to the horizon.

GIRD'LE, verb transitive To bind with a belt or sash; to gird.

1. To inclose; to enrivon; to shut in.

2. In America, to make a circular incision, like a belt, through the bark and alburnum of a tree to kill it.

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