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belt

Syllabification: belt
Pronunciation: /belt
 
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Definition of belt in English:

noun

1A strip of leather or other material worn around the waist or across the chest, especially in order to support clothes or carry weapons: a sword belt [as modifier]: a belt buckle
More example sentences
  • His jerkin was decorated by a flamboyant lace frill around the neck, and like Tudor he carried a sword attached to a belt round his waist.
  • He wore long black pants and a dark green shirt with a leather belt around his waist.
  • He buckled his sword belt around his waist, and then he picked her up.
Synonyms
literary cincture
historical baldric
1.1 short for seat belt.
Example sentences
  • Fasten your three-point seatbelts in the Exige and the four-point belts in the Cup 240 and look in the mirrors.
  • Seatbelt retractors used to just roll up the belt when you weren't using it and control the slack when you were.
  • In that case, it's very likely that a test conducted with our supplemental belt would have a far superior crash star rating.
1.2A belt worn as a sign of rank or achievement: he was awarded the victor’s belt
More example sentences
  • They often wear colourful clothing and belts to distinguish which rank they are in the Chiui hierarchy.
  • Around 1930 Jigoro Kano created a new belt to recognize the special achievements of high ranking black belts.
  • In the Junior Taekwondo, Matthew Archer achieved his blue belt with a fantastic score of 94 per cent.
1.3A belt of a specified color, marking the attainment of a particular level in judo, karate, or similar sports: [as modifier]: brown-belt level
More example sentences
  • Janine beat more experienced rivals to win the senior traditional Kata coloured belt section at the Yorkshire Karate Championships in Morley.
  • He also has an orange belt in judo and regularly goes hill walking.
  • They had no way to defend themselves, but at least Sasaki had a high belt in karate.
1.4A person who has reached a belt of a specified color in a sport: I am a karate black belt
More example sentences
  • No wonder then that the other three international belts didn't rank him inside their top 15 places.
  • She was a low level karate belt who often missed class.
  • Giving evidence, the defendant, a judo blue belt, had told the court he had been babysitting for friends and when they returned, he went to his house for some beer.
1.5 (the belt) The punishment of being struck with a belt.
Example sentences
  • Today our psychologist will tell you how damaging it is to the child's self esteem to be punished by belt.
  • Skyler did as he was told but grew scared when he saw his father remove his belt; he had never been punished by belt before.
  • My handwriting was terrible and every English period without fail my teacher in my first year gave me the 'belt' until my writing improved.
2A strip of material used in various technical applications, in particular.
Example sentences
  • Machinery manufacturers use the belts in the tabber and stringer operations of their automated production machinery.
  • However, if you need greater speed, you may need to change to a heavier mesh belt than you are currently using in your application.
  • Later this process extends tangentially to form a continuous belt of wound cambium.
2.1A continuous band of material used in machinery for transferring motion from one wheel to another.
Example sentences
  • Unlike machinery used in textile mills, steelmaking machinery had few spinning belts that could pull workers into drive shafts.
  • Traditionally these machines have belts and pulleys to change increment speeds, which wouldn't change so often.
  • Most of the belts are off the machines, or on idler wheels, so that when the mill is running only the machine being used is operating.
2.2A conveyor belt.
Example sentences
  • But downstairs, where checked luggage is scanned, only the conveyer belt had power.
  • The all headed to the conveyer belt and Kari grabbed her bags.
  • The company recently changed its production line operations with the installation of new conveyer belts, which resulted in the standing requirement.
2.3A flexible strip carrying machine-gun cartridges.
Example sentences
  • Others are draped in belts of machine gun bullets, or carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers over their shoulders.
  • It is said the .50 calibre machine gun ammunition belts in Supermarine Spitfires measured exactly 27 feet.
  • Nearby the belts of machine gun bullets are hung up like strings of onions.
3A strip or encircling band of something having a specified nature or composition that is different from its surroundings: the asteroid belt a belt of trees
More example sentences
  • Because they were formed in two very different areas, the planetesimals in the two belts have different compositions.
  • The country has four distinct geographical areas: the coastal belt, the forested region, the savannah zone, and the sandy zone.
  • The Scottish electricity network is strong in the central belt but in areas such as the Galloway hills, and the north west the same can't be said.
Synonyms
region, area, district, zone, sector, territory;
tract, strip, stretch
4A heavy blow: she ran in to administer a good belt with her stick
More example sentences
  • I agree, back then, even when I was a kid, it was seen as the norm to discipline children with a smack or a belt with a stick, but yet they didn't grow up to be muggers or binge drinking fighters.
  • Out of the clear blue he landed a belt on them and I never felt such pain.
  • I quickly put a smile on my face before he gave me a belt.
5 informal , chiefly US A gulp or shot of liquor: they could probably use a few belts
More example sentences
  • It didn't matter whether it was a belt of whiskey, a glass of wine, or a pint of beer.
  • I wouldn't be surprised to find out that he smoked occasionally and took a belt of whiskey on a regular basis.
  • Each evening, he never forgot to take a belt of Scotch before retiring.

verb

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1Fasten with a belt: she paused only to belt a robe about her waist she belted her raincoat firmly
More example sentences
  • He belted his jacket with a gold girdle.
  • She belted her drab-coloured trench coat firmly around her–she would need its strong, deep pockets to carry any stones she did find–and slipped quietly onto the landing.
  • "Ready?" he asked as she belted her coat.
Synonyms
fasten, tie, bind
literary gird
1.1 [no object] Be fastened with a belt: the jacket belts at the waist
More example sentences
  • Simple clothing - loose black trousers and a dark grey jacket, belted at the waist.
  • She was wearing only dark green breeches, belted around her waist and fastened just above the knees by gold clasps.
  • He was wearing a white shirt, brown woollen trousers, a navy woollen jacket belted with a black belt and the cloak the soldier had mentioned.
1.2Attach or secure with a belt: he was securely belted into the passenger seat
More example sentences
  • The ambulance drove to the hospital slowly as a safety measure because Mr A could not be belted and was not secure in the ambulance.
  • She threw a worn leather book-bag into the passenger seat and belted herself in.
  • After a struggle the man, who is 6ft 4in tall, was belted into his seat.
2Beat or strike (someone), especially with a belt, as a punishment.
Example sentences
  • He tried to slug her, but Al belted him the groin, a convenient target from where he was seated.
  • On Friday night TV3 late news played the footage of that guy belting him at least three times.
  • In the middle of another hour long mocking taunt of his dad for how much better this war was going, his mother belted him with a cheese grater.
Synonyms
2.1Hit (something) hard: he belted the ball to the left-field fence
More example sentences
  • Dean belted the ball downfield and over the Edinburgh line.
  • Ricardo ran forward and belted the ball low past David James.
  • And it's also safer than having five-year-olds belting tennis balls around the room.
3Gulp a drink quickly: belting down shots of a potent drink called arrack people who just wanted to belt back drinks with parasols in them
More example sentences
  • Poe pauses, then belts his down and wipes his lips with a rather dainty handkerchief.
  • He waited until the pink foam had fizzled down the crystal stem and onto the bar-top before he belted it down and chased it with a double-shot of bourbon.
  • It was a double, Arla noticed, and he belted it down rather quickly.
4 [no object] Move quickly in a specified direction: they belted along the empty road
More example sentences
  • Should a hammerhead or whitetip come belting along expecting a tasty snack, I was not anxious to be swept away by its enthusiasm.
  • The girls belted into the wind as they sped along a country road, security close in tow, in Laurel's graduation present, a jet-black, convertible Viper with all the trimmings.
  • ‘Great’ He said belting out the room and I heard him dash down the stairs.
4.1(Of rain) fall hard: the rain belted down on the tin roof
More example sentences
  • The horse lay there, thrashing violently, the Cowgirl, unconscious, the rains still belting on them, the funnel taking down everything in its path to their right.
  • From the re-start the rain started belting down, effectively killing off any enterprising backline play and the Bulldogs pack were left to slog it out in the trenches.
  • The steady rain was not doing the pitch too much harm but just a couple of hours before kick-off it absolutely belted down.

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin, from Latin balteus 'girdle'.

More
  • An Old English word that can be traced back to Latin balteus, ‘girdle’. It is unlawful for a boxer to land a punch below his opponent's belt, and people often use the phrase below the belt about a critical or unkind remark. Margot Asquith ( 1864–1945), wife of the Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith ( 1852–1928), once remarked of another Liberal prime minister, Lloyd George ( 1863–1945): ‘He can't see a belt without hitting below it’. If you take a belt and braces approach to something you make doubly sure that nothing will go wrong. The reference is to someone so anxious that their trousers will fall down that they wear both. Belting or hitting someone with a belt, is behind the verb sense ‘to strike, hit’, and probably also the meaning ‘to move very fast’. Belt up, or ‘be quiet’, seems to have started life as RAF slang, in the 1930s.

Phrases

below the belt

1
Unfair or unfairly; disregarding the rules: there has been yet another below-the-belt blow to the workers of Chicago
[from the notion of an unfair and illegal blow in boxing]
More example sentences
  • And every time The President attacks him in a way that's perceived as unfair or below the belt, as normal as that is in politics, and of course it is, I think it damages that perception.
  • If they're seen as unfair, as below the belt, as smear tactics, they can backfire on the candidate in the long term.
  • He stressed: ‘This insult was way below the belt, untrue and unjust.’
Synonyms
unfair, unjust, unacceptable, inequitable;
informal lowdown, dirty

tighten one's belt

2
Cut one’s spending; live more frugally.
Example sentences
  • But, are we tightening our belt before we need to?
  • If necessary, in hard times, one tightened one's belt and went without.
  • ‘This time last year I could easily get through £100 a month on, say, clothes, make-up and going out to lunch on my day off with friends but I have definitely tightened my belt,’ she laments.

under one's belt

3
1Safely or satisfactorily achieved, experienced, or acquired: I want to get more experience under my belt he now has almost a year as president under his belt
More example sentences
  • If you're just starting out, McKendrick's advice is to do six months in one place then move on: ‘Keep doing that and you'll have valuable experience under your belt.’
  • And, even when you've landed your dream job, there's no harm in getting a bit more work experience under your belt.
  • The idea is to get some experience under your belt, make some cash and take pleasure in what you're doing.
2(Of food or drink) consumed: Gus already had a large brandy under his belt
More example sentences
  • But with a few Swirlspice drinks under my belt, and the giddiness of it being the Friday of a very free weekend, I catch myself singing along, happily.
  • With a few drinks under his belt, my dad became gregarious and charming - telling jokes and flirting.
  • With a few drinks under his belt he decides to remedy his silent solitude by going to sit at the bar.

Phrasal verbs

belt something out

1
Sing or play a song loudly and forcefully.
Example sentences
  • The first few odd-shaped pop-rock-country songs are belted out with a large amount of energy, capturing the melodies of the original recordings but adding a dirtier, rockier feel.
  • I could hear my heart pounding in my chest as he picked the song back up, belting it out and earning the cheering that he used to draw so easily.
  • We somehow knew all of the words to all of the songs, and we belted them out at the top of our lungs until Jessica yelled at us to save our voices.

Derivatives

belted

1
adjective
sense 1 of the noun.
Example sentences
  • She tried not to notice how nicely his shoulders filled it out or the leanness of his stomach as the shirt hugged his body before disappearing into the belted waistband of his worn jeans.
  • When he saw her again afterward in the exam room she was still wearing the hospital gown and belted robe, though at some point she had found her own socks and put them back on.
  • Designers have known for years that the belt on most modern belted magnum cartridges is unnecessary.

Words that rhyme with belt

Celt, dealt, dwelt, felt, gelt, knelt, melt, misdealt, pelt, Scheldt, smelt, spelt, svelte, veld, welt

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