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girdle1 (ˈɡɜːdəl)
1.  a woman's elastic corset covering the waist to the thigh
2.  anything that surrounds or encircles
3.  a belt or sash
4.  jewellery the outer edge of a gem
5.  anatomy pectoral girdle See pelvic girdle any encircling structure or part
6.  the mark left on a tree trunk after the removal of a ring of bark
7.  to put a girdle on or around
8.  to surround or encircle
9.  to remove a ring of bark from (a tree or branch), thus causing it to die
[Old English gyrdel, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse gyrthill, Old Frisian gerdel, Old High German gurtila; see gird1]

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