Definitions for: Gird

[v] prepare oneselg for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"
[v] bind with something round or circular
[v] put a girdle on or around
[v] encircle or bind; "Trees girded the green fields"

Webster (1913) Definition: Gird, n. [See Yard a measure.]
1. A stroke with a rod or switch; a severe spasm; a twinge; a

Conscience . . . is freed from many fearful girds
and twinges which the atheist feels. --Tillotson.

2. A cut; a sarcastic remark; a gibe; a sneer.

I thank thee for that gird, good Tranio. --Shak.

Gird, v. t. [See Gird, n., and cf. Girde, v.]
1. To strike; to smite. [Obs.]

To slay him and to girden off his head. --Chaucer.

2. To sneer at; to mock; to gibe.

Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods.

Gird, v. i.
To gibe; to sneer; to break a scornful jest; to utter severe

Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me. --Shak.

Gird, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Girtor Girded; p. pr. & vb.
n. Girding.] [OE. girden, gurden, AS. gyrdan; akin to OS.
gurdian, D. gorden, OHG. gurten, G. g["u]rten, Icel. gyr?a,
Sw. gjorda, Dan. giorde, Goth. biga['i]rdan to begird, and
prob. to E. yard an inclosure. Cf. Girth, n. & v., Girt,
v. t.]
1. To encircle or bind with any flexible band.

2. To make fast, as clothing, by binding with a cord, girdle,
bandage, etc.

3. To surround; to encircle, or encompass.

That Nyseian isle, Girt with the River Triton.

4. To clothe; to swathe; to invest.

I girded thee about with fine linen. --Ezek. xvi.

The Son . . . appeared Girt with omnipotence.

5. To prepare; to make ready; to equip; as, to gird one's
self for a contest.

Thou hast girded me with strength. --Ps. xviii.

To gird on, to put on; to fasten around or to one securely,
like a girdle; as, to gird on armor or a sword.

Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast
himself as he that putteth it off. --1 Kings xx.

To gird up, to bind tightly with a girdle; to support and
strengthen, as with a girdle.

He girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab. --1
Kings xviii.

Gird up the loins of your mind. --1 Pet. i.

Girt up; prepared or equipped, as for a journey or for
work, in allusion to the ancient custom of gathering the
long flowing garments into the girdle and tightening it
before any exertion; hence, adjectively, eagerly or
constantly active; strenuous; striving. ``A severer, more
girt-up way of living.'' --J. C. Shairp.

Synonyms: arm, begird, build up, encircle, fortify, girdle, girt, girth

Antonyms: demilitarise, demilitarize, disarm

See Also: bind, border, circle, encircle, environ, forearm, hoop, rearm, re-arm, ring, round, skirt, surround, surround

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