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

n a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers

cincture, sash, waistband, waistcloth
a broad pleated sash worn as formal dress with a tuxedo
Type of:
a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)

n a woman's close-fitting foundation garment

corset, stays
panty girdle
a woman's undergarment that combines a girdle and panties
Type of:
foundation, foundation garment
a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body

n an encircling or ringlike structure

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
Type of:
skeletal structure
any structure created by the skeleton of an organism

v put a girdle on or around

Type of:
border, environ, ring, skirt, surround
extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

v cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients

girdle the plant”
Type of:
make an incision into by carving or cutting

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