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Definition of Girdle


  1. A griddle.
  2. 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.
  3. The zodiac; also, the equator.
  4. The line ofgreatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting. See Illust. of Brilliant.
  5. A thin bed or stratum of stone.
  6. The clitellus of an earthworm.
  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.

Girdle Quotations

Loosen your girdle and let er fly!
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.
Judith Viorst

I remember, when I was a kid, watching my mother jam herself into her girdle - a piece of equipment so rigid it could stand up on its own - and I remember her coming home from fancy parties and racing upstairs to extricate herself from its cruel iron grip.
Susan Orlean

It's possible that you have been told a time or 10 that you don't appreciate how tough your elders had it. It's true that, if you had been coming of age back in, say, 1960, you would probably be feeling more restricted, if only because you were doomed to spend your days in a skirt, nylon stockings and girdle.
Gail Collins

I remember thinking that a girdle was barbaric, and that never in a million years would I treat myself like a sleeping bag being shoved into a stuff sack. Never! Instead, I would run marathons and work out and be in perfect shape and reject the tyranny of the girdle forever.
Susan Orlean
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Girdle Translations

girdle in Dutch is riem, gordel, ceintuur
girdle in French is corset, ceinture
girdle in Italian is cintura, fascetta
girdle in Latin is fascia
girdle in Norwegian is omgi, belte, hofteholder
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