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A girdle.


Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English girdel, gerdel, gurdel, from Old English gyrdel, from Proto-Germanic *gurdilaz (girdle, belt), equivalent to gird +‎ -le. Cognate with Dutch gordel (belt), German Gürtel (belt), Swedish gördel (girdle), Icelandic gyrðill (girdle), Yiddish גאַרטל(gartl) (whence gartel).


girdle (plural girdles)

  1. That which girds, encircles, or encloses; a circumference
  2. 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.
  3. The zodiac; also, the equator.
    • (Can we date this quote by Campbell and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      that gems the starry girdle of the year
    • (Can we date this quote by Cowper and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      from the world's girdle to the frozen pole
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  4. 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?)
  5. (mining) A thin bed or stratum of stone.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Raymond to this entry?)
  6. The clitellum of an earthworm.
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girdle (third-person singular simple present girdles, present participle girdling, simple past and past participle girdled)

  1. (transitive) To gird, encircle, or constrain by such means.
    • 1920, Edward Carpenter, Pagan and Christian Creeds: Their Origin and Meaning, page 36:
      The Equator, as everyone knows, is an imaginary line or circle girdling the Earth half-way between the North and South poles.
  2. (transitive) To kill or stunt a tree by removing or inverting a ring of bark.

Etymology 2Edit


girdle (plural girdles)

  1. (Scotland, Northern English) Alternative form of griddle