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waist

[weyst] /weɪst/
noun
1.
the part of the body in humans between the ribs and the hips, usually the narrowest part of the torso.
2.
the part of a garment covering this part of the body.
3.
blouse (def 1).
4.
the part of a one-piece garment covering the body from the neck or shoulders more or less to the waistline, especially this part of a woman's or child's garment.
5.
a child's undergarment to which other articles of apparel may be attached.
6.
the part of an object, especially a central or middle part, that resembles or is analogous to the human waist:
the waist of a violin.
7.
Nautical. the central part of a ship; that part of the deck between the forecastle and the quarterdeck.
8.
the constricted portion of the abdomen of certain insects, as a wasp.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English wast, apocopated variant of wastum, Old English wæstm growth, form, figure; akin to wax2
Related forms
waistless, adjective
Can be confused
waist, waste.
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British Dictionary definitions for waistless

waist

/weɪst/
noun
1.
(anatomy) the constricted part of the trunk between the ribs and hips
2.
the part of a garment covering the waist
3.
the middle part of an object that resembles the waist in narrowness or position
4.
the middle part of a ship
5.
Also called centre section. the middle section of an aircraft fuselage
6.
the constriction between the thorax and abdomen in wasps and similar insects
Derived Forms
waistless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: origin uncertain; related to Old English wæstmwax²
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Word Origin and History for waistless

waist

n.

"middle part of the body," also "part of a garment fitted for the waist," late 14c., probably from Old English *wæst "growth," hence, "where the body grows," from Proto-Germanic *wahs-tu- (cf. Old English wæstm, Old Norse vaxtr, Swedish växt, Old High German wahst "growth, increase," Gothic wahstus "stature," Old English weaxan "to grow" see wax (v.)), from PIE *wegs-, extended form of root *aug- "to increase" (see augment). Meaning "portion of a garment that covers the waist" (but, due to fashion styles, often is above or below it) is from 1640s.

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waistless in Medicine

waist (wāst)
n.

  1. The part of the human trunk between the bottom of the rib cage and the pelvis.

  2. The middle section or part of an object, especially when narrower than the rest.

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Slang definitions & phrases for waistless

waist

Related Terms

pantywaist


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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