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girt1

[gurt] /gɜrt/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of gird1 .

girt2

[gurt] /gɜrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
gird1 (def 1).

girt3

[gurt] /gɜrt/
noun, verb (used with object)
1.

girt4

[gurt] /gɜrt/
noun
1.
Carpentry.
  1. a timber or plate connecting the corner posts of an exterior wooden frame, as a braced frame, at a floor above the ground floor.
  2. a heavy beam, as for supporting the ends of rafters.
2.
Printing. (in certain hand presses) one of a pair of leather straps having one end fastened to the bed and the other to the rounce, for drawing the bed under the platen.
Origin of girt4
1555-1565
1555-65; alteration of girth

gird1

[gurd] /gɜrd/
verb (used with object), girded or girt, girding.
1.
to encircle or bind with a belt or band.
2.
to surround; enclose; hem in.
3.
to prepare (oneself) for action:
He girded himself for the trial ahead.
4.
to provide, equip, or invest, as with power or strength.
Origin
before 950; Middle English girden, Old English gyrdan; cognate with German gürten
Related forms
girdingly, adverb
Synonyms
3. brace, steel, fortify, strengthen.

gird2

[gurd] /gɜrd/
verb (used without object)
1.
to gibe; jeer (usually followed by at).
verb (used with object)
2.
to gibe or jeer at; taunt.
noun
3.
a gibe.
Origin
1175-1225; Middle English gyrd a stroke, blow, hence a cutting remark, derivative of girden to strike, smite < ?
Related forms
girdingly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for girt
Historical Examples
  • The Moor, who had resumed his native dress, at once girt his djellab about him and prepared to descend the hillside.

    King of the Air Herbert Strang
  • Then girt him Beowulf in martial mail, nor mourned for his life.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • Thereafter he was girt with a sword, and asked what the blade might signify.

  • I's only a laal man, but I's got a girt appetite, thoo sees.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • But the further it penetrates the less scouring force it has, and as a result no island is girt completely by a low-water channel.

    To Kiel in the 'Hercules' Lewis R. Freeman
  • Nobody could doubt that he had wandered in Siberian forests, naked and girt with a chain.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • And girt fires a-burnin' at night loike ricks—a terrible blissey on the hills.

  • Your hand has girt it round about with cliffs and peopled it with a peaceful race.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • Her palace is girt by thick walls, flanked with massive towers.

  • He turned to the girt who sat on the keel, silent, looking away to sea.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for girt

girt1

/ɡɜːt/
verb
1.
a past tense and past participle of gird1
adjective
2.
(nautical) moored securely to prevent swinging

girt2

/ɡɜːt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to bind or encircle; gird
2.
to measure the girth of (something)

gird1

/ɡɜːd/
verb (transitive) girds, girding, girded, girt
1.
to put a belt, girdle, etc, around (the waist or hips)
2.
to bind or secure with or as if with a belt: to gird on one's armour
3.
to surround; encircle
4.
to prepare (oneself) for action (esp in the phrase gird (up) one's loins)
5.
to endow with a rank, attribute, etc, esp knighthood
Word Origin
Old English gyrdan, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse gyrtha, Old High German gurten

gird2

/ɡɜːd/
verb
1.
when intr, foll by at. to jeer (at someone); mock
2.
(transitive) to strike (a blow at someone)
3.
(intransitive) to move at high speed
noun
4.
  1. a blow or stroke
  2. a taunt; gibe
5.
a display of bad temper or anger (esp in the phrases in a gird; throw a gird)
Word Origin
C13 girden to strike, cut, of unknown origin

gird3

/ɡɪrd/
noun
1.
(Scot) a hoop, esp a child's hoop Also girr
Word Origin
a Scot variant of girth
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Word Origin and History for girt
v.

c.1400 as alternative form of gird; also past tense and past participle of gird.

gird

v.

Old English gyrdan "put a belt or girdle around; encircle, surround; invest with attributes," from Proto-Germanic *gurthjanan (cf. Old Norse gyrða, Old Saxon gurdian, Old Frisian gerda, Dutch gorden, Old High German gurtan, German gürten). Related to Old English geard "hedge, enclosure" (see yard (n.1)). Related: Girded; girding.

Throughout its whole history the English word is chiefly employed in rhetorical language, in many instances with more or less direct allusion to biblical passages. [OED]

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