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girdle

 [ger´d'l]
an encircling or confining structure.
pectoral girdle shoulder girdle.
pelvic girdle the encircling bony structure supporting the lower limbs.
shoulder girdle (thoracic girdle) the encircling bony structure supporting the upper limbs.

gir·dle

(ger'dĕl), [TA]
A belt; a zone. Any structure that has the form of a belt or girdle.
Synonym(s): cingulum (1) [TA]
[A.S. gyrdel]

girdle

/gir·dle/ (gir´d'l) cingulum; an encircling structure or part; anything encircling a body.
pectoral girdle  shoulder g.
pelvic girdle  the encircling bony structure supporting the lower limbs.
shoulder girdle , thoracic girdle the encircling bony structure supporting the upper limbs.

girdle

(gûr′dl)
n.
Anatomy The pelvic or pectoral girdle.

girdle

[gur′dəl]
any curved or circular structure, such as the hipline formed by the bones and related tissues of the pelvis.

gir·dle

(gĭr'dĕl) [TA]
A belt; a zone. A structure that has the form of a belt or girdle.
Synonym(s): cingulum (1) [TA] .

girdle

The ring of bones at either the shoulder (shoulder girdle) or the pelvis (pelvic girdle) that, respectively, support the arms and the legs.

girdle

a bony structure to which the limbs of vertebrates are attached. See PECTORAL GIRDLE, PELVIC GIRDLE.

gir·dle

(gĭr'dĕl) [TA]
Any structure that has the form of a belt or girdle.
Synonym(s): cingulum [TA] .

girdle

an encircling or confining structure.

pelvic girdle
see pelvic girdle.
shoulder girdle
the incomplete bony ring made up of the scapulae, clavicles and coracoids (when present) sometimes incorporating the manubrium of the sternum. Called also pectoral or thoracic girdle.
References in classic literature ?
They sat down by a fountain, and the magician pulled a cake from his girdle, which he divided between them.
They seemed to be well made, too, under the long robes that they wore gracefully flung about their persons, and carried a sort of "kilt" woven from the fibres of calabash fastened around their girdles.
Thus do I show them only the ice and winter of my peaks--and NOT that my mountain windeth all the solar girdles around it!
He also bore a knife in a girdle of wampum, like that which confined the scanty garments of the Indian, but no tomahawk.
And there with the strained craft steeply leaning over to it, by reason of the enormous downward drag from the lower mast-head, and every yard-arm on that side projecting like a crane over the waves; there, that blood-dripping head hung to the Pequod's waist like the giant Holofernes's from the girdle of Judith.
His beard was closely shaved, his doublet reached to the middle of his leg, and the girdle which secured it, and at the same time supported his ponderous sword, was embroidered and embossed with gold work.
But they did not leave off, and she threw them her girdle, and when this was no use, her garters, and then her dress.
Sanchica embraced her father and asked him if he brought her anything, for she had been looking out for him as for the showers of May; and she taking hold of him by the girdle on one side, and his wife by the hand, while the daughter led Dapple, they made for their house, leaving Don Quixote in his, in the hands of his niece and housekeeper, and in the company of the curate and the bachelor.
Her cap was embroidered with pearls, the pins in her hair were of gold and diamonds, her girdle was of Turkey silk, with large embroidered flowers, her bodice and skirt were of cashmere, her apron of Indian muslin, and the buttons of her corset were of jewels.
Captain Hull then took a key from his girdle, unlocked the chest, and lifted its ponderous lid.
She put on the wondrous robe which Minerva had worked for her with consummate art, and had embroidered with manifold devices; she fastened it about her bosom with golden clasps, and she girded herself with a girdle that had a hundred tassels: then she fastened her earrings, three brilliant pendants that glistened most beautifully, through the pierced lobes of her ears, and threw a lovely new veil over her head.
You want nothing monsieur, but the steel cap on your head, and a Bible at your girdle.