A girdle is a tight-fitting undergarment that supports the lower body. The purpose of a girdle is to make a person's waist and stomach look smaller and firmer.

Girdles are thought of as old-fashioned ladies' underwear these days, though they are still worn by some — and many others wear "foundation garments" that are essentially modern girdles. Before the late 1960s, many women wore girdles, until the availability around that time of control-top pantyhose. Another kind of girdle is simply a ring that encircles something — a belt, a band of bark around a tree, or the Earth's equator.

Definitions of girdle
  1. noun
    a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
    synonyms: cincture, sash, waistband, waistcloth
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    a broad pleated sash worn as formal dress with a tuxedo
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    a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
  2. noun
    a woman's close-fitting foundation garment
    synonyms: corset, stays
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    panty girdle
    a woman's undergarment that combines a girdle and panties
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    foundation, foundation garment
    a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
  3. noun
    an encircling or ringlike structure
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    pectoral girdle
    a skeletal support to which the forelimbs of vertebrates are attached
    hip, pelvic arch, pelvic girdle, pelvis
    the structure of the vertebrate skeleton supporting the lower limbs in humans and the hind limbs or corresponding parts in other vertebrates
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    skeletal structure
    any structure created by the skeleton of an organism
  4. verb
    put a girdle on or around
    synonyms: gird
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    type of:
    border, environ, ring, skirt, surround
    extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
  5. verb
    cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients
    girdle the plant”
    synonyms: deaden
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    make an incision into by carving or cutting
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