- Archaic a belt or sash for the waist
- anything that surrounds or encircles
- a woman's elasticized undergarment for supporting or molding the waist and hips
- the rim of a cut gem
- a ring made by removing bark around the trunk of a tree, so as to kill it
- Anat. a bony arch or encircling structure supporting the limbs: the pelvic girdle
Origin of girdleMiddle English girdil from Old English gyrdel from base of gyrdan (see gird): akin to German gürtel
transitive verb-·dled, -·dling
- to surround or bind, as with a girdle
- to encircle
- to remove a ring of bark from (a tree) as by cutting or chewing
- a. A belt or sash worn around the waist.b. Something that encircles like a belt.c. An elasticized, flexible undergarment worn over the waist and hips to give the body a more slender appearance.
- A band made around the trunk of a tree by the removal of a strip of bark.
- The edge of a cut gem held by the setting.
- Anatomy The pelvic or pectoral girdle.
transitive verbgir·dled, gir·dling, gir·dles
- To encircle with a belt.
- To form a circle around: a ring of hills that girdled the city.
- To remove a band of bark and cambium from the circumference of (a tree), usually in order to kill it.
Origin of girdleMiddle English girdel from Old English gyrdel ; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
- That which girds, encircles, or encloses; a circumference
- A belt or elasticated corset; especially, a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist, often used to support stockings or hosiery.
- The zodiac; also, the equator.
- The line of greatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting.
- (mining) A thin bed or stratum of stone.
- The clitellum of an earthworm.
- (Scotland, Northern England) Alternative form of griddle.
(third-person singular simple present girdles, present participle girdling, simple past and past participle girdled)
From Old English grydel.