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Definition of girdle
a belt or cord worn around the waist. a woman’s elasticized corset extending from waist to thigh. a thing that surrounds something like a belt or girdle:a communications girdle around the world the part of a cut gem dividing the crown from the base and embraced by the setting. a ring around a tree made by removing bark.
verb [with object]
1encircle (the body) with or as a girdle or belt:the Friar loosened the rope that girdled his waist surround; encircle:the chain of volcanoes that girdles the Pacific
2cut through the bark all the way around (a tree or branch), typically in order to kill it or to kill a branch to make the tree more fruitful.