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belt

noun uk   /belt/ us  

belt noun (CLOTHING)

A2 [C] a strip of leather or material worn around the waist to support clothes or for decoration: She fastened her belt tightly around her waist. He had eaten so much that he had to undo his belt a couple of notches.Fastening clothing and textiles

belt noun (MOVING STRIP)

[C] a flat strip of material in a machine that moves along continuously to keep another part turning, or to keep objects on it moving along: a fan belt a conveyor beltBands, straps and stripsMachinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic chores

belt noun (AREA)

[C usually singular] an area, usually just outside a city, where a particular group of people live, such as the commuter belt and the stockbroker belt, or an area that is known for a particular characteristic, such as the cotton belt (= an area where cotton is grown)Environments and localities

belt noun (HIT)

[C usually singular] informal a hard hit or punch: a belt on the jawHitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain

belt

verb uk   /belt/ us  

belt verb (MOVE FAST)

[I + adv/prep] UK informal (especially of a vehicle) to travel with great speed: The car was belting along/down the road.Moving quickly

belt verb (HIT)

[T] informal to hit someone or something hard, especially with violence: He belted him in the face.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain

belt verb (CLOTHING)

[T] to tie something with a belt: I belted my coat tightly.Fastening clothing and textiles
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of belt from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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