Gir"dle (?), n.

A griddle.

[Scot. & Prov. Eng.]


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Gir"dle, n. [OE. gurdel, girdel, AS. gyrdel, fr. gyrdan; akin to D. gordel, G. gurtel, Icel. gyrill. See Gird, v. t., to encircle, and cf. Girth, n.]


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.

Within the girdle of these walls. Shak.

Their breasts girded with golden girdles. Rev. xv. 6.


The zodiac; also, the equator.



From the world's girdle to the frozen pole. Cowper.

That gems the starry girdle of the year. Campbell.

3. Jewelry

The line ofgreatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting. See Illust. of Brilliant.


4. Mining

A thin bed or stratum of stone.


5. Zool.

The clitellus of an earthworm.

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.


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Gir"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Girdled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Girdling (?).]


To bind with a belt or sash; to gird.



To inclose; to environ; to shut in.

Those sleeping stones, That as a waist doth girdle you about. Shak.


To make a cut or gnaw a groove around (a tree, etc.) through the bark and alburnum, thus killing it.

[U. S.]


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