cincture

cincture

[singk-cher]
noun
1.
a belt or girdle.
2.
something that surrounds or encompasses as a girdle does; a surrounding border: The midnight sky had a cincture of stars.
3.
(on a classical column) a fillet at either end of a shaft, especially one at the lower end. Compare orle ( def 3b ).
4.
the act of girding or encompassing.
verb (used with object), cinctured, cincturing.
5.
to gird with or as if with a cincture; encircle; encompass.

Origin:
< Latin cinctūra, equivalent to cinct(us) (cinc-, variant stem of cingere to gird, cinch + -tus past participle suffix) + -ūra -ure

uncinctured, adjective
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cincture (ˈsɪŋktʃə)
 
n
something that encircles or surrounds, esp a belt, girdle, or border
 
[C16: from Latin cinctūra, from cingere to gird]

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cincture
1580s, from L. cinctura "girdle," from cinctus, pp. of cingere "to gird," The verb is recorded from 1757.
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