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girt

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

girt

3 [gurt]
noun, verb (used with object)

girt

4 [gurt]
noun
1.
Carpentry.
a.
a timber or plate connecting the corner posts of an exterior wooden frame, as a braced frame, at a floor above the ground floor.
b.
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:
1555–65; alteration of girth

gird

1 [gurd]
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

girdingly, adverb


3. brace, steel, fortify, strengthen.

gird

2 [gurd]
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 < ?

girdingly, adverb
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gird1 (ɡɜːd)
 
vb , 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
 
[Old English gyrdan, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse gyrtha, Old High German gurten]

gird2 (ɡɜːd)
 
vb (when intr, foll by at)
1.  to jeer (at someone); mock
2.  (tr) to strike (a blow at someone)
3.  (intr) to move at high speed
 
n
4.  a.  a blow or stroke
 b.  a taunt; gibe
5.  a display of bad temper or anger (esp in the phrases in a gird; throw a gird)
 
[C13 girden to strike, cut, of unknown origin]

gird3 (ɡɪrd)
 
n
(Scot) Also: girr a hoop, esp a child's hoop
 
[a Scot variant of girth]

girt1 (ɡɜːt)
 
vb
1.  a past tense and past participle of gird
 
adj
2.  nautical moored securely to prevent swinging

girt2 (ɡɜːt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to bind or encircle; gird
2.  to measure the girth of (something)

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gird
O.E. gyrdan "put a belt or girdle around," from P.Gmc. *gurthjanan (cf. O.N. gyrða, O.Fris. gerda, O.H.G. gurtan, Ger. Gürten). Related to O.E. geard "hedge, enclosure" (see yard (1)). Girder "main beam that carries flooring" is first attested 1611.
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Example sentences
Here, the largest girt span shall be tested, and shall comply with the three-specimen requirement.
One girt bar indicator was hidden by a small milk can.
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