Girdle

Definition of Girdle

Gir´dle
n.1.A griddle.
1.
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. 6.
2.The zodiac; also, the equator.
From the world's girdle to the frozen pole.
- Cowper.
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.
4.(Mining) A thin bed or stratum of stone.
5.(Zool.) The clitellus of an earthworm.
Girdle bone
(Anat.) the sphenethmoid. See under Sphenethmoid.
Girdle wheel
a spinning wheel.
Sea girdle
(Zool.) a ctenophore. See Venus's girdle, under Venus.
Shoulder
(Anat.) See under Pectoral, and Pelvic.
To have under the girdle
to have bound to one, that is, in subjection.
v. t.1.To bind with a belt or sash; to gird.
[imp. & p. p. Girdled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Girdling .]
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.

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