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) device that holds and feeds cartridges into a belt-fed weapon
- (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
- → 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) 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 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)