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gir·dle / ˈgərdl/ • n. a belt or cord worn around the waist. ∎  a woman's elasticized corset extending from waist to thigh. ∎  a thing that surrounds something like a belt or girdle: a communications girdle around the world. ∎ Anat. either of two sets of bones encircling the body, to which the limbs are attached. See pectoral girdle, pelvic girdle. ∎  the part of a cut gem dividing the crown from the base and embraced by the setting. ∎  a ring around a tree made by removing bark. • v. [tr.] 1. encircle (the body) with or as a girdle or belt: the Friar loosened the rope that girdled his waist. ∎  surround; encircle: the chain of volcanoes that girdles the Pacific. 2. cut through the bark all the way around (a tree or branch), typically in order to kill it or to kill a branch to make the tree more fruitful.

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1. In Polyplacophora (chitons) an extension of the mantle beyond the shell plates; it is in contact with the substrate below and often bears spicules on its upper surface.

2. In vertebrates, a group of bones attaching limbs to the trunk: the pectoral girdle attaches the fore limbs, the pelvic girdle the hind limbs.

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girdle1 belt worn round the waist. OE. gyrdel (earlier gyrdels) = MDu. gurdel (Du. gordel), OHG. gurtil(a), (C. gürtel), ON. gyrðill, f. *ʒurðjan GIRD1; see -LE1.
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Girdle

something that encircles or confines. See also chain, circle.

Examples: girdle of din [noises], 1879; of eminences, 1875; of forest, 1836; of perfection, 1879; of snow, 1860.

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girdle (ger-d'l) n. (in anatomy) an encircling or arching arrangement of bones. See also pelvic girdle, shoulder girdle.

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girdle2 (Sc.) iron plate for baking cakes. XV. Metathetic form of GRIDDLE.

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Girdle: see HABIT, RELIGIOUS.

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girdle Griddle.

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girdleaddle, paddle, saddle, skedaddle, staddle, straddle •candle, Coromandel, dandle, Handel, handle, mishandle, Randall, sandal, scandal, vandal •manhandle, panhandle •packsaddle • side-saddle •backpedal, heddle, medal, meddle, pedal, peddle, treadle •Grendel, Kendall, Lendl, Mendel, Rendell, sendal, Wendell •cradle, ladle •beadle, bipedal, credal, needle, wheedle •diddle, fiddle, griddle, kiddle, Liddell, middle, piddle, riddle, twiddle •brindle, dwindle, kindle, spindle, swindle, Tyndale •paradiddle, taradiddle •pyramidal • apsidal •bridal, bridle, fratricidal, genocidal, germicidal, homicidal, idle, idol, infanticidal, insecticidal, intertidal, matricidal, parricidal, patricidal, pesticidal, regicidal, sidle, suicidal, tidal, tyrannicidal, uxoricidal •coddle, doddle, model, noddle, swaddle, toddle, twaddle, waddle •fondle, rondel •mollycoddle •caudal, chordal, dawdle •poundal, roundel •Gödel, modal, yodel •crinoidal •boodle, caboodle, canoodle, doodle, feudal, noodle, poodle, strudel, udal •befuddle, cuddle, fuddle, huddle, muddle, puddle, ruddle •bundle, trundle •prebendal • synodal •antipodal, tripodal •citadel •curdle, engirdle, girdle, hurdle •dirndl

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