Middle English , girdel , gerdel , from gurdel Old English , from gyrdel Proto-Germanic ( *gurdilaz “ girdle, belt ”), equivalent to + gird . Cognate with -le Dutch ( gordel “ girdle ”), German ( Gürtel “ girdle ”), Swedish ( gördel “ girdle ”), Icelandic ( gyrðill “ girdle ”), Yiddish ( גאַרטל gartl) (whence ). gartel
girdle ( plural ) girdles That which
girds, encircles, or encloses; a circumference
girdle of these walls A
belt or elasticated corset; especially, a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist, often used to support stockings or hosiery.
Bible, Revelations xv. 6
their breasts girded with golden
zodiac; also, the equator.
that gems the starry
girdle of the year Cowper
from the world's
girdle to the frozen pole
(Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?) The line of greatest
circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
( mining ) A thin bed or stratum of stone.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Raymond to this entry?) The
clitellum of an earthworm.
( Scotland , Northern English ) Alternative form of griddle
line of greatest circumference of a diamond
thin bed or stratum of stone
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girdle ( third-person singular simple present , girdles present participle , girdling simple past and past participle ) girdled
( transitive ) To gird, encircle, or constrain by such means.
( transitive ) To kill or stunt a tree by removing or inverting a ring of bark.
to gird, encircle, or constrain by such means
to kill or stunt a tree by removing or inverting a ring of bark