[syn: shank, waist]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Waist \Waist\, n. [OE. wast; originally, growth, akin to AS.
weaxan to grow; cf. AS. w[ae]stm growth. See Wax to grow.]
1. That part of the human body which is immediately below the
ribs or thorax; the small part of the body between the
thorax and hips. --Chaucer.
I am in the waist two yards about. --Shak.
2. Hence, the middle part of other bodies; especially
(Naut.), that part of a vessel's deck, bulwarks, etc.,
which is between the quarter-deck and the forecastle; the
middle part of the ship.
3. A garment, or part of a garment, which covers the body
from the neck or shoulders to the waist line.
4. A girdle or belt for the waist. [Obs.] --Shak.
Waist anchor. See Sheet anchor, 1, in the Vocabulary.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips [syn:
2: the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide
part of the sole [syn: shank, waist]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
26 Moby Thesaurus words for "waist":
blouse, bodice, center, core, corsage, diameter, diaphragm, dickey,
equator, heart, interior, kernel, linen, mean, median, middle,
midmost, midriff, midst, nucleus, shift, shirt, thick,
thick of things, waistline, zone