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VERB (3)

1. prepare oneself for a military confrontation;
- Example: "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"
- Example: "troops are building up on the Iraqi border"
[syn: arm, build up, fortify, gird]

2. put a girdle on or around;
- Example: "gird your loins"
[syn: girdle, gird]

3. bind with something round or circular;
[syn: gird, encircle]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gird \Gird\, v. i. To gibe; to sneer; to break a scornful jest; to utter severe sarcasms. [1913 Webster] Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gird \Gird\ (g[~e]rd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Girtor Girded; p. pr. & vb. n. Girding.] [OE. girden, gurden, AS. gyrdan; akin to OS. gurdian, D. gorden, OHG. gurten, G. g["u]rten, Icel. gyr[eth]a, Sw. gjorda, Dan. giorde, Goth. biga['i]rdan to begird, and prob. to E. yard an inclosure. Cf. Girth, n. & v., Girt, v. t.] 1. To encircle or bind with any flexible band. [1913 Webster] 2. To make fast, as clothing, by binding with a cord, girdle, bandage, etc. [1913 Webster] 3. To surround; to encircle, or encompass. [1913 Webster] That Nyseian isle, Girt with the River Triton. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. To clothe; to swathe; to invest. [1913 Webster] I girded thee about with fine linen. --Ezek. xvi. 10. [1913 Webster] The Son . . . appeared Girt with omnipotence. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. To prepare; to make ready; to equip; as, to gird one's self for a contest. [1913 Webster] Thou hast girded me with strength. --Ps. xviii. 39. [1913 Webster] To gird on, to put on; to fasten around or to one securely, like a girdle; as, to gird on armor or a sword. [1913 Webster] Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off. --1 Kings xx. 11. To gird up, to bind tightly with a girdle; to support and strengthen, as with a girdle. [1913 Webster] He girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab. --1 Kings xviii. 46. [1913 Webster] Gird up the loins of your mind. --1 Pet. i. 13. Girt up; prepared or equipped, as for a journey or for work, in allusion to the ancient custom of gathering the long flowing garments into the girdle and tightening it before any exertion; hence, adjectively, eagerly or constantly active; strenuous; striving. "A severer, more girt-up way of living." --J. C. Shairp. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gird \Gird\ (g[~e]rd), n. [See Yard a measure.] [1913 Webster] 1. A stroke with a rod or switch; a severe spasm; a twinge; a pang. [1913 Webster] Conscience . . . is freed from many fearful girds and twinges which the atheist feels. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] 2. A cut; a sarcastic remark; a gibe; a sneer. [1913 Webster] I thank thee for that gird, good Tranio. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gird \Gird\, v. t. [See Gird, n., and cf. Girde, v.] [1913 Webster] 1. To strike; to smite. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To slay him and to girden off his head. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To sneer at; to mock; to gibe. [1913 Webster] Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

gird v 1: prepare oneself for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are building up on the Iraqi border" [syn: arm, build up, fortify, gird] [ant: demilitarise, demilitarize, disarm] 2: put a girdle on or around; "gird your loins" [syn: girdle, gird] 3: bind with something round or circular [syn: gird, encircle]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

81 Moby Thesaurus words for "gird": band, bandage, beef up, begird, belt, belt in, bend, beset, bind, bind up, bolster, brace, brace up, bundle, buttress, case harden, chain, cinch, cincture, circle, confirm, dispose, do up, encincture, encircle, encompass, engird, ensphere, fleer, flout, forearm, fortify, gibe, girdle, girt, girth, harden, hem, invigorate, jeer, jest, lace, lash, leash, loop, nerve, prepare, prop, ready, refresh, reinforce, reinvigorate, restrengthen, ring, rope, round, shore up, sneer, splice, steel, stiffen, strap, strengthen, support, sustain, swaddle, swathe, temper, tie, tie up, toughen, truss, twine around, undergird, whet the knife, wire, wrap, wrap up, wreathe, wreathe around, zone