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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. an encircling or ringlike structure;

2. a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers;
[syn: girdle, cincture, sash, waistband, waistcloth]

3. a woman's close-fitting foundation garment;
[syn: corset, girdle, stays]

VERB (2)

1. cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients;
- Example: "girdle the plant"
[syn: girdle, deaden]

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

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Girdle \Gir"dle\, n. A griddle. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Girdle \Gir"dle\, n. [OE. gurdel, girdel, AS. gyrdel, fr. gyrdan; akin to D. gordel, G. g["u]rtel, Icel. gyr?ill. See Gird, v. t., to encircle, and cf. Girth, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which girds, encircles, or incloses; a circumference; a belt; esp., a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist; a cestus. [1913 Webster] Within the girdle of these walls. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Their breasts girded with golden girdles. --Rev. xv. 6. [1913 Webster] 2. The zodiac; also, the equator. [Poetic] --Bacon. [1913 Webster] From the world's girdle to the frozen pole. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] That gems the starry girdle of the year. --Campbell. [1913 Webster] 3. (Jewelry) The line ofgreatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting. See Illust. of Brilliant. --Knight. [1913 Webster] 4. (Mining) A thin bed or stratum of stone. --Raymond. [1913 Webster] 5. (Zool.) The clitellus of an earthworm. [1913 Webster] Girdle bone (Anat.), the sphenethmoid. See under Sphenethmoid. Girdle wheel, a spinning wheel. Sea girdle (Zool.), a ctenophore. See Venus's girdle, under Venus. Shoulder, Pectoral, & Pelvic, girdle. (Anat.) See under Pectoral, and Pelvic. To have under the girdle, to have bound to one, that is, in subjection. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Girdle \Gir"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Girdled; p. pr. & vb. n. Girdling.] 1. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To inclose; to environ; to shut in. [1913 Webster] Those sleeping stones, That as a waist doth girdle you about. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To make a cut or gnaw a groove around (a tree, etc.) through the bark and alburnum, thus killing it. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

girdle n 1: an encircling or ringlike structure 2: a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers [syn: girdle, cincture, sash, waistband, waistcloth] 3: a woman's close-fitting foundation garment [syn: corset, girdle, stays] v 1: cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients; "girdle the plant" [syn: girdle, deaden] 2: put a girdle on or around; "gird your loins" [syn: girdle, gird]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

180 Moby Thesaurus words for "girdle": Mystik tape, Scotch tape, adhesive tape, advocate, alpenstock, anklet, arm, armlet, athletic supporter, back, backbone, backing, band, bandage, bandeau, batten, bearer, begird, belt, belt in, bend, beset, bind, bind up, bra, brace, bracelet, bracer, bracket, brassiere, bundle, buttress, cane, carrier, cellophane tape, cervix, chain, cinch, cincture, cingulum, circle, circuit, circuiteer, circulate, circumambulate, circummigrate, circumnavigate, circumvent, close the circle, cloth tape, collar, collarband, come full circle, compass, corselet, corset, crook, crutch, cycle, describe a circle, do up, earring, ecliptic, encincture, encircle, encompass, engird, ensphere, equator, fascia, fillet, finger ring, flank, foundation garment, friction tape, fulcrum, gird, girdle the globe, girt, girth, go about, go around, go round, go the round, great circle, guy, guywire, gyre, hem, hoop, jock, jockstrap, lace, lap, lash, lath, leash, ligula, ligule, list, loop, mainstay, maintainer, make a circuit, masking tape, mast, neck, neckband, necklace, nose ring, orbit, plank, plastic tape, prop, quoit, reinforce, reinforcement, reinforcer, rest, resting place, revolve, ribband, ribbon, rigging, ring, rope, round, sash, shoulder, shred, shroud, skirt, slat, slip, spill, spine, spiral, splice, spline, sprit, staff, standing rigging, stave, stay, stays, stick, stiffener, strake, strap, strengthener, strip, strop, support, supporter, surround, sustainer, swaddle, swathe, taenia, tape, tape measure, tapeline, ticker tape, tie, tie up, truss, twine around, upholder, waistband, walking stick, wheel, wire, wrap, wrap up, wreathe, wreathe around, wristband, wristlet, zodiac, zone
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Girdle (1.) Heb. hagor, a girdle of any kind worn by soldiers (1 Sam. 18:4; 2 Sam. 20:8; 1 Kings 2:5; 2 Kings 3:21) or women (Isa. 3:24). (2.) Heb. 'ezor, something "bound," worn by prophets (2 Kings 1:8; Jer. 13:1), soldiers (Isa. 5:27; 2 Sam. 20:8; Ezek. 23:15), Kings (Job 12:18). (3.) Heb. mezah, a "band," a girdle worn by men alone (Ps. 109:19; Isa. 22:21). (4.) Heb. 'abnet, the girdle of sacerdotal and state officers (Ex. 28:4, 39, 40; 29:9; 39:29). (5.) Heb. hesheb, the "curious girdle" (Ex. 28:8; R.V., "cunningly woven band") was attached to the ephod, and was made of the same material. The common girdle was made of leather (2 Kings 1:8; Matt. 3:4); a finer sort of linen (Jer. 13:1; Ezek. 16:10; Dan. 10:5). Girdles of sackcloth were worn in token of sorrow (Isa. 3:24; 22:12). They were variously fastened to the wearer (Mark 1:6; Jer. 13:1; Ezek. 16:10). The girdle was a symbol of strength and power (Job 12:18, 21; 30:11; Isa. 22:21; 45:5). "Righteousness and faithfulness" are the girdle of the Messiah (Isa. 11:5). Girdles were used as purses or pockets (Matt. 10:9. A. V., "purses;" R.V., marg., "girdles." Also Mark 6:8).