verb (past and past participle girded or girt)[with object] • literary
- 1Encircle (a person or part of the body) with a belt or band: a young man was to be girded with the belt of knighthoodMore example sentences
- One believer will gird him or herself with a towel, bend a knee, and wash the feet of another in a simple basin, drying the feet with the towel that is wrapped around the waist.
- I invest him with your robe, gird him with your sash, entrust him with your authority; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the House of Judah.
- A golden belt girded his waist.
- 1.1Secure (a garment or sword) on the body with a belt or band: a white robe girded with a magenta sashMore example sentences
- One was prepared to leave, and had only to gird his sword about his waist, when the other spoke suddenly.
- They gird their weapons, mount their horses, and form into groups in the guise of a troop of soldiers.
- The bushes rustled, and around us three more men, all with swords girt at their sides, stepped out.
- 1.2Surround; encircle: the ruins are girded by two deep gorgesMore example sentences
- Well that's interesting, because we sing in our national anthem that ‘Our land is girt by sea’, but we have been slow to recognise its importance in indigenous culture.
- I thought of our pilgrimages out of the city, the slow tide of traffic to the shore or family visits, a cincture of security and welcome girding the suburbs and beyond.
- In the eastern section were three broad stone pillars supporting the balcony above, which girded the guest rooms on the second floor.
gird (up) one's loins (or gird oneself for something)
- Prepare and strengthen oneself for future actions, typically ones that may be dangerous or difficult.More example sentences
- You get more tired and less able to take the stress and to gird your loins and take on another day.
- He calls on ‘progressives’ everywhere to gird their loins for a battle for humanity.
- I think she should have told him and let the family gird their loins against it.
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Middle English (in the sense 'strike, stab'): of unknown origin.