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Meaning of GIRDLE

Pronunciation:  'gurdl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a woman's close-fitting foundation garment
  2. [n]  a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
  3. [n]  an encircling or ringlike structure
  4. [v]  put a girdle on or around
  5. [v]  cut a girdle around (a plant) so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients

GIRDLE is a 6 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: cincture, corset, deaden, gird, panty girdle, sash, stays, waistband, waistcloth
 See Also: band, border, cummerbund, foundation, foundation garment, hip, incise, pectoral girdle, pelvic arch, pelvic girdle, pelvis, skeletal structure, skirt, surround



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gir"dle\, n.
    A griddle. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
  2. \Gir"dle\, n. [OE. gurdel, girdel, AS. gyrdel, fr.
    gyrdan; akin to D. gordel, G. g["u]rtel, Icel. gyr?ill. See
    {Gird}, v. t., to encircle, and cf. {Girth}, n.]
    1. 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.
    2. The zodiac; also, the equator. [Poetic] --Bacon.
             From the world's girdle to the frozen pole.
             That gems the starry girdle of the year. --Campbell.
    3. (Jewelry) The line ofgreatest circumference of a
       brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the
       setting. See Illust. of {Brilliant}. --Knight.
    4. (Mining) A thin bed or stratum of stone. --Raymond.
    5. (Zo["o]l.) The clitellus of an earthworm.
    {Girdle bone} (Anat.), the sphenethmoid. See under
    {Girdle wheel}, a spinning wheel.
    {Sea girdle} (Zo["o]l.), a ctenophore. See {Venus's girdle},
       under {Venus}.
    {Shoulder}, {Pectoral}, & {Pelvic}, {girdle}. (Anat.) See
       under {Pectoral}, and {Pelvic}.
    {To have under the girdle}, to have bound to one, that is, in
  3. \Gir"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Girdled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird. --Shak.
    2. To inclose; to environ; to shut in.
             Those sleeping stones, That as a waist doth girdle
             you about.                            --Shak.
    3. To make a cut or gnaw a groove around (a tree, etc.)
       through the bark and alburnum, thus killing it. [U. S.]
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are wearing a girdle, suggests that you are feeling restricted and limited in the expression of your ideas and feelings. Alternatively, you have the tendency to bear pain in order to please others.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: To kill a tree by severing or removing the living layer of the tree (the phloem) in a ring around its trunk.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Heb. hagor, a girdle of any kind worn by soldiers (1 Sam. 18:4; 2 Sam. 20:8; 1 Kings 2:5; 2 Kings 3:21) or women (Isa. 3:24).

(2.) Heb. 'ezor, something "bound," worn by prophets (2 Kings 1:8; Jer. 13:1), soldiers (Isa. 5:27; 2 Sam. 20:8; Ezek. 23:15), Kings (Job 12:18).

(3.) Heb. mezah, a "band," a girdle worn by men alone (Ps. 109:19; Isa. 22:21).

(4.) Heb. 'abnet, the girdle of sacerdotal and state officers (Ex. 28:4, 39, 40; 29:9; 39:29).

(5.) Heb. hesheb, the "curious girdle" (Ex. 28:8; R.V., "cunningly woven band") was attached to the ephod, and was made of the same material.

The common girdle was made of leather (2 Kings 1:8; Matt. 3:4); a finer sort of linen (Jer. 13:1; Ezek. 16:10; Dan. 10:5). Girdles of sackcloth were worn in token of sorrow (Isa. 3:24; 22:12). They were variously fastened to the wearer (Mark 1:6; Jer. 13:1; Ezek. 16:10).

The girdle was a symbol of strength and power (Job 12:18, 21; 30:11; Isa. 22:21; 45:5). "Righteousness and faithfulness" are the girdle of the Messiah (Isa. 11:5).

Girdles were used as purses or pockets (Matt. 10:9. A. V., "purses;" R.V., marg., "girdles." Also Mark 6:8).

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