A red belt around a womans waist.
An example of the waist is where a belt is usually worn.
- 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 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 *wÇ£st, *wÇ£xt, from Proto-Germanic *wahstuz (“growth, development, stature, build"), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚weg-s- (“to multiply, increase"). Cognate with Middle High German wahst (“growth"), Danish vÃ¦kst (“growth"), Swedish vÃ¤xt (“growth, development, size"), Icelandic vÃ¶xtur (“growth"), Gothic [script?] (wahstus, “growth"). Related to Old English weaxan (“to grow, increase"). More at wax.