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[weyst-lahyn] /ˈweɪstˌlaɪn/
the circumference of the body at the waist:
exercises to reduce the waistline.
the part of a garment that lies at or near the natural waistline, as the seam where the skirt and bodice of a dress are joined.
an imaginary line encircling the waist.
Origin of waistline
1895-1900; waist + line1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • My waistline was growing faster than the stack of pages on my desk.
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  • She capped the dress, which features and embellished waistline, with a soft shrug in matching ivory.
  • Sweet sauces also have a simple carbohydrate base that can wreak havoc on your waistline.
  • That's after taking into account rates of smoking, diabetes, waistline size and other differences among the groups.
  • Leveled at her chin and waistline, her fans' gaze sharpened as they held their breath.
British Dictionary definitions for waistline


a line or indentation around the body at the narrowest part of the waist
the intersection of the bodice and the skirt of a dress, etc, or the level of this: a low waistline
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for waistline

also waist-line, 1867, from waist + line (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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