- 1A belt or cord worn round the waist: her waist was defined by a gold chain girdleMore example sentences
- Such gems could be woven into important clothing, on belts and girdles, mounted as jewellery, or just collected for their own sake.
- They served as belt toggles to hold containers for tobacco, money and other objects that would be carried on the cloth belt or girdle, as the kimono had no pockets.
- His long-sleeved, shirt-like garment is held in at the waist by a narrow girdle.
- 1.1A thing that encircles something like a girdle: a communications girdle around the worldMore example sentences
- Think about the abdominal structure as a girdle or wall that supports your internal organs and back.
- 1.2 Anatomy Either of two sets of bones encircling the body, to which the limbs are attached. See pectoral girdle, pelvic girdle.More example sentences
- Thus, selection will necessarily favor a rigid body and limb girdles that act, as much as possible, by exerting force on the vertebral column.
- The pectoral and pelvic girdles were also greatly expanded ventrally, although the dorsal parts of the girdles were reduced.
- These animals also have relatively large shoulder girdles, possibly to provide muscle attachment to support the weight of the huge head.
- 2A woman’s elasticated corset extending from waist to thigh: she wears corsets and girdles, tight and uncomfortableMore example sentences
- Yet the exhibit still reveals the intricate machinery that made the New Look work: corsets, brassieres and girdles re-emerged from decades past to discipline the female body into the latest couture creations.
- Avoid tight-fitting clothing or undergarments that restrict blood flow at the waist, groin & legs (e.g. girdles, stockings & socks).
- She pulled on a loose fitting chemise and a violet silk skirt over her girdle and stockings and left her room silently, in search of adventure.
- 3The part of a cut gem dividing the crown from the base and embraced by the setting.More example sentences
- The stone is next mounted on a lathe and, using a second diamond, the points of the crystal are ground away to form a round girdle, a process known as bruting.
- 4A ring made around a tree by removing bark.More example sentences
- Girdling brought about carbohydrate (soluble sugar and starch) accumulation in leaves and shoot bark above the girdle, in trees during their fruitless, ‘off’ year.
- It was observed in all twig tissues analysed apical to the girdle, including the bark.
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- 1Encircle (the body) with a girdle: the Friar loosened the rope that girdled his waistMore example sentences
- She was girdled up within an inch of her life in a high-waisted dress that had to be made.
- 1.1Surround; encircle: the chain of volcanoes which girdles the PacificMore example sentences
- The bus stop in her village is a semi circle of paved road girdled by a hillock.
- Carmona, a half-hour's comfortable drive from Sevilla, is no exception, its Moorish hill-top fortifications girdled by a skirt of glaring white walls and terracotta roofs that spill down to the surrounding plains.
- About 35 serene green miles later, you're in Leiden, a university city girdled by canals and dominated by the gothic ostentation of its 15th century church.
- 2Cut through the bark all the way round (a tree or branch), typically in order to kill it: sometimes the trees were completely girdled and diedMore example sentences
- If these are not removed they can girdle the tree, cutting into the trunk and eventually killing the tree.
- Avoid nicking the trunks of trees and shrubs; these cuts can injure or kill the plant by girdling the bark.
- Forty-five branches were girdled to control their leaf-to-fruit ratio precisely.
late Middle English: variant of griddle.