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belt

 [belt]
1. a strip of leather, canvas, or webbing that is worn around the waist.
2. to restrict by placing a circular binding around an area.

belt

Drug slang
A regional term referring to the jolting effects of an abuse substance when it takes effect.

Epidemiology
A popular term for any broad geographical region with an increased incidence of a particular disease.

Occupational medicine
A wide leather or heavy-duty cloth strap worn around the waist to support muscles when lifting.
 
Public health
See Seat belt.
 
Sports medicine
See Weight belt.

belt

Epidemiology A popular term for any broad geographical region with an ↑ incidence of a particular disease. See AIDS belt, Asian esophageal cancer belt, Cancer seat, Goiter belt, Lymphoma belt, Stroke belt Public health See Seat belt.
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In an industry in which tightened belts have been the watchword for several years, the current upswing in orders and shipments has moved down to the bottom line fairly quickly.
The credit crunch has tightened belts and given us all a new incentive to grow our own food.
Sales of household goods, furnishing and clothes were worst hit as consumers tightened belts.
Among retailers, high street bellwether Marks & Spencer has also felt the pain with a shock profits warning after a miserable June as consumers tightened belts.