- The waist is the part of the body between the ribs and hips, or the part of the clothes that cover this part of the body.
An example of the waist is where a belt is usually worn.
A red belt around a womans waist.
- the part of the body between the ribs and the hips
- the part of a garment that covers the waist
- waistline (sense )
- the part of a garment covering the body from the shoulders to a line above the hips
- the upper part of a woman's dress; bodice
- Archaic blouse
- the narrow part of any object that is wider at the ends: the waist of a violin
- Aeron. the middle section of the fuselage of an airplane, esp. a bomber
- Naut. the central section of a ship; specif., the part of the deck between the forecastle and the quarterdeck
- Zool. the narrow part of the front of the abdomen of certain insects, as ants or wasps
Origin of waistMiddle English wast ; from base of Old English weaxan, to grow, wax: sense development: growth (of body), hence size, thickness
- a. The part of the human trunk between the bottom of the rib cage and the pelvis.b. The narrow part of the abdomen of an insect.
- a. The part of a garment that encircles the waist of the body.b. The upper part of a garment, extending from the shoulders to the waistline, especially the bodice of a woman's dress.c. Archaic A blouse.
- The middle section or part of an object, especially when narrower than the rest.
- Nautical The middle part of the upper deck of a ship between the forecastle and the quarterdeck.
Origin of waistMiddle English wast, perhaps from Old English *wæst, growth, size; see aug- in Indo-European roots.
- The part of the body between the pelvis and the stomach.
- A part of a piece of clothing that covers the waist.
- The narrow connection between the thorax and abdomen in certain insects (e.g., bees, ants and wasps).
- The middle portion of the hull of a ship or the fuselage of an aircraft.
- (nautical) That part of the upper deck of a ship between the quarterdeck and the forecastle.
From Middle English waste, wast (“stature, waist”), from Old English *wǣst, *wǣxt, from Proto-Germanic *wahstuz (“growth, development, stature, build”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂weg-s- (“to multiply, increase”). Cognate with Middle High German wahst (“growth”), Danish vækst (“growth”), Swedish växt (“growth, development, size”), Icelandic vöxtur (“growth”), Gothic [script?] (wahstus, “growth”). Related to Old English weaxan (“to grow, increase”). More at wax.