Definitions for: Girth


[n] stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
[n] the distance around a person's body
[v] tie a cinch around; "cinch horses"
[v] encircle or bind; "Trees girded the green fields"



Webster (1913) Definition: Girth (g[~e]rth), n. [Icel. gj["o]r[eth] girdle, or
ger[eth] girth; akin to Goth. ga['i]rda girdle. See Gird to
girt, and cf. Girdle, n.]
1. A band or strap which encircles the body; especially, one
by which a saddle is fastened upon the back of a horse.

2. The measure round the body, as at the waist or belly; the
circumference of anything.

He's a lu sty, jolly fellow, that lives well, at
least three yards in the girth. --Addison.

3. A small horizontal brace or girder.


Girth, v. t. [From Girth, n., cf. Girt, v. t.]
To bind as with a girth. [R.] --Johnson.

Synonyms: begird, cinch, cinch, gird, girt

See Also: circle, circumference, encircle, environ, fasten, fix, harness, perimeter, ring, round, saddlery, secure, stable gear, surround, tack

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