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girdle

noun uk   /ˈɡɜː.dl̩/ us    /ˈɡɝː-/
[C] old-fashioned a piece of underwear for women worn around the waist and bottom that stretches to shape the bodyUnderwear [C] a long strip of cloth worn tied around the waist, especially in the pastUnderwear [C usually singular] literary something that surrounds another thingEnclosing, surrounding and immersing [C] specialized medical the ring of bones at the shoulder supporting the arms or at the pelvis supporting the legs: the pectoral/pelvic/shoulder girdle

girdle

verb [T] uk   /ˈɡɜː.dl̩/ us    /ˈɡɝː-/ literary
to surround something: a garden girdled by oak treesEnclosing, surrounding and immersing
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