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Definition of girdle:

  1. A griddle.
  2. A thin bed or stratum of stone.
  3. 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.
  4. The clitellus of an earthworm.
  5. The line ofgreatest circumference of a brilliant- cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting. See Illust. of Brilliant.
  6. The zodiac; also, the equator.
  7. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird.
  8. To inclose; to environ; to shut in.
  9. To make a cut or gnaw a groove around ( a tree, etc.) through the bark and alburnum, thus killing it.

Synonyms:

sash, armor, cinch, fortify, body, belt, engulf, edge, codpiece, ceinture, chain mail, cincture, brassiere, dampen, bustle, arm, enclose, kettle, boxers, doublet, codpiece, engirdle, blunt, gird, hem, bloomers, waistcloth, BVDs, encompass, corset, briefs, window sash, contain, stays, open, ring, hedge, damp, encircle, self-belt, bra, compass, engird, envelop, circle, cummerbund, environ, surround, camisole, begird, armour, waistband, hem in, band, bustier, build up, beset, panty girdle, girt, crinoline, bobby socks, body suit, deaden.

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