belt Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “belt” in the English Dictionary

"belt" in British English

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uk   us   /belt/

belt noun (CLOTHING)

A2 [C] a ​strip of ​leather or ​materialworn around the ​waist to ​supportclothes or for ​decoration: She fastened her belt ​tightly around her ​waist. He had ​eaten so much that he had to loosen his belt a ​couple of ​notches.
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belt noun (MOVING STRIP)

[C] a ​flatstrip of ​material in a ​machine that ​moves along ​continuously to ​keep another ​partturning, or to ​keepobjects on it ​moving along: a ​fan belt a ​conveyor belt

belt noun (AREA)

[C usually singular] an ​area, usually just ​outside a ​city, where a ​particulargroup of ​peoplelive, such as the commuter belt and the stockbroker belt, or an ​area that is ​known for a ​particularcharacteristic, such as the ​cotton belt (= an ​area where ​cotton is ​grown)

belt noun (HIT)

[C usually singular] informal a hard ​hit or punch: a belt on the ​jaw


uk   us   /belt/

belt verb (MOVE FAST)

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

belt verb (HIT)

[T] informal to ​hit someone or something hard, ​especially with ​violence: He belted him in the ​face.

belt verb (CLOTHING)

[T] to ​tie something with a belt: I belted my ​coattightly.
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(Definition of belt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"belt" in American English

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beltnoun [C]

 us   /belt/

belt noun [C] (STRIP)

a ​strip of ​leather or other ​materialworn around the ​waist: a ​blackleather belt A belt is also a ​continuousstrip of ​material that moves as ​part of a ​machine.

belt noun [C] (AREA)

an ​area that is ​known for a ​particularcharacteristic: the ​corn belt (= ​areaknown for ​growingcorn) earth science A belt is also a ​region that has a ​particulartype of climate .

beltverb [T]

 us   /belt/ infml

belt verb [T] (HIT)

to ​hit someone or something hard: He belted the ​ball out of the ​park for a ​homerun.
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(Definition of belt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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