- a strip or band of leather or other material worn around the waist to hold clothing up, support tools, etc., or as an ornament or sign of rank
- any encircling thing like this
- a long, flexible band used to feed bullets into a machine gun
- an endless strap or band for transferring motion from one wheel or pulley to another, or for conveying things
- a region distinguished from others in some way: the Corn Belt
- Informal a hard blow; cuff
- a drink or big gulp, esp. of liquor
- pleasurable excitement; thrill
Origin of beltOE, akin to Old High German balz, ultimately from Classical Latin balteus from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Etruscan
- to encircle with or as with a belt; girdle
- to fasten or attach with or as with a belt
- to strike with a belt
- Informal to sing loudly and lustily with a driving rhythm: usually with out
- Informal to strike with force
- to take one or more drinks of (liquor): often with down
- to drink heavily
Informal to move at high speed
below the belt
unfair(ly); foul: originally said of a blow to the groin in boxing
tighten one's belt
- to endure hunger, privation, etc. as best one can
- to live more thriftily
under one's belt
Informal as part of one's experience: ten years of service under his belt
- a. A flexible band, as of leather or cloth, worn around the waist or over a shoulder to hold up clothing, secure tools or weapons, or serve as decoration.b. Something resembling a belt, as a number of machine-gun rounds attached together in a strip.
- An encircling route.
- A seat belt or safety belt.
- A continuous band or chain for transferring motion or power or conveying materials from one wheel or shaft to another.
- A band of tough reinforcing material beneath the tread of a tire.
- A usually bandlike geographic region that is distinctive in a specific respect. Often used in combination: “This is America's rural poverty belt” ( Charles Kuralt )
- A powerful blow; a wallop.
- A drink of hard liquor.
transitive verbbelt·ed, belt·ing, belts
- To equip, hold up, or attach with a belt: belted my trousers; belted the sword to her waist.
- To encircle or mark in the manner of a belt: The equator belts the earth.
- To beat with a belt or strap.
- To strike forcefully; hit.
- To sing in a loud and forceful manner: belt out a song.
- To swig (an alcoholic beverage).
Origin of beltMiddle English from Old English ultimately from Latin balteus