From Middle English belt, from Old English belt (“belt, girdle”), from Proto-Germanic *baltijaz (“girdle, belt”), from Latin balteus (“belt, sword-belt”), of Etruscan origin. Cognate with Scots belt (“belt”), Dutch belt, German Balz (“belt”), Danish bælte (“belt”), Swedish bälte (“belt, cincture, girdle, zone”) and Icelandic belti (“belt”).
belt (plural belts)
- A band worn around the waist to hold clothing to one's body (usually pants), hold weapons (such as a gun or sword), or serve as a decorative piece of clothing.
- As part of the act, the fat clown's belt broke, causing his pants to fall down.
- A band used as a restraint for safety purposes, such as a seat belt.
- Keep your belt fastened; this is going to be quite a bumpy ride.
- A band that is used in a machine to help transfer motion or power.
- The motor had a single belt that snaked its way back and forth around a variety of wheels.
- Anything that resembles a belt, or that encircles or crosses like a belt; a strip or stripe.
- a belt of trees; a belt of sand
- A trophy in the shape of a belt, generally awarded for martial arts.
- the heavyweight belt
- (astronomy) A collection of rocky-constituted bodies (such as asteroids) which orbit a star.
- (astronomy) One of certain girdles or zones on the surface of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, supposed to be of the nature of clouds.
- A powerful blow, often made with a fist or heavy object.
- After the bouncer gave him a solid belt to the gut, Simon had suddenly had enough of barfighting.
- A quick drink of liquor.
- Care to join me in a belt of scotch?
- (usually capitalized) A geographical region known for a particular product, feature or demographic (Corn Belt, Bible Belt, Black Belt, Green Belt).
- (baseball) The part of the strike zone at the height of the batter's waist.
- That umpire called that pitch a strike at the belt.
- (weaponry) A device that holds and feeds cartridges into a belt-fed weapon
- (music) Vocal tone produced by singing with chest voice above the break (or passaggio), in a range typically sung in head voice.
- Both auditionees had great ranges but Diamond had the strong belt we really need for the finale.
- 1999, Jeannette Lovetri; Susan Lesh; Peak Woo, “Preliminary Study on the Ability of Trained Singers to Control the Intrinsic and Extrinsic Laryngeal Musculature”, in Journal of Voice, volume 13, number 2, DOI:10.1016/S0892-1997(99)80024-1, page 226:
- As previously mentioned, there was unexpected behavior in laryngeal lowering for belt in several singers and unchanged laryngeal height for two, as well as stable opening or widening of the pharyngeal walls, which must be investigated further.
- 2018, Norman Spivey; Mary Saunder Barton, Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act, Plural Publishing, →ISBN, page 57:
- In Clara's furious rant in Act II, Allsun broke out of her soprano into a belt, which made perfect sense in the moment.
- (band worn around waist): girdle, waistband, sash, strap
- (band used as safety restraint): restraint, safety belt, seat belt
- (powerful blow): blow, punch, sock, wallop
- (quick drink of liquor): dram, nip
- asteroid belt
- below the belt
- belted (adjective)
- belt purse
- belt track
- Bible Belt
- black belt
- chastity belt
- → Afrikaans: belt
- → Assamese: বেল্ট (belto)
- → Bengali: বেল্ট (belṭ)
- → Dutch: belt
- → Hindi: बेल्ट (belṭ)
- → Irish: beilt
- → Japanese: ベルト (beruto)
- → Oriya: ବେଲ୍ଟ୍ (belṭ)
- → Urdu: بیلٹ (belṭ)
- → Welsh: belt
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- (transitive) To encircle.
- The small town was belted by cornfields in all directions.
- (transitive) To fasten a belt on.
- Edgar belted himself in and turned the car's ignition.
- The rotund man had difficulty belting his pants, and generally wore suspenders to avoid the issue.
- (transitive) To invest (a person) with a belt as part of a formal ceremony such as knighthood.
- (transitive) To hit with a belt.
- The child was misbehaving so he was belted as punishment.
- (transitive, normally belt out) To scream or sing in a loud manner.
- He belted out the national anthem.
- (transitive) To drink quickly, often in gulps.
- He belted down a shot of whisky.
- (transitive, slang) To hit someone or something.
- The angry player belted the official across the face, and as a result was ejected from the game.
- (transitive, baseball) To hit a pitched ball a long distance, usually for a home run.
- He belted that pitch over the grandstand.
- (intransitive) To move very fast.
- He was really belting along.
- (to encircle): circle, girdle, surround
- (to fasten a belt): buckle, fasten, strap
- (to hit with a belt): strap, whip
- (to drink quickly): gulp, pound, slurp
- (to hit someone or something): bash, clobber, smack, wallop
- (to move quickly): book, speed, whiz, zoom
belt (plural belde)
- A belt (garment).
A variant of bult.
See the etymology of the main entry.
- second- and third-person singular present indicative of bellen
- (archaic) plural imperative of bellen
belt f (plural bliet)
belt m (nominative plural beltas)
- A belt.