girth

The girth of something is the distance around its middle, and it usually refers to a person’s waist. If you get pregnant with twins, your girth will probably block your view of your toes.

One can measure the girth of an airplane, tree trunk, or anything cylindrical, but it most often describes a large human waist. We don't usually describe a rail-thin person as having 'minuscule girth," — but when Aunt Velma has her seventh helping of lasagna and has to unbuckle her belt, she might announce, "My girth has outsized my attire!" Girth can also mean a strap that encircles the belly of a horse, mule, or other animal to secure a load.

Definitions of girth
  1. noun
    the distance around a person's body
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    types:
    spread
    the expansion of a person's girth (especially at middle age)
    type of:
    circumference, perimeter
    the size of something as given by the distance around it
  2. noun
    stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
    synonyms: cinch
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    type of:
    saddlery, stable gear, tack
    gear for a horse
  3. verb
    tie a cinch around
    synonyms: cinch
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    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
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