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1. The act of encircling or encompassing.
a. Something that encircles or surrounds.
b. A belt or sash, especially one worn with an ecclesiastical vestment or the habit of a monk or nun.
tr.v. cinc·tured, cinc·tur·ing, cinc·tures
To gird; encompass.

[Latin cīnctūra, from cīnctus, past participle of cingere, to gird; see kenk- in Indo-European roots.]


something that encircles or surrounds, esp a belt, girdle, or border. Also called: ceinture
[C16: from Latin cinctūra, from cingere to gird]


(ˈsɪŋk tʃər)

n., v. -tured, -tur•ing. n.
1. a belt or girdle.
2. something that surrounds or encompasses, as a surrounding border.
3. the act of girding or encompassing.
4. to gird with or as if with a cincture; encircle; encompass.
[1580–90; < Latin cinctūra=cinct(us), past participle of cingere to gird, cinch + -ūra -ure]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cincture - a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trouserscincture - a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
band - a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
cummerbund - a broad pleated sash worn as formal dress with a tuxedo


To encircle with or as if with a band:
Archaic: engird.
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And he was attracted to the Oblate Cross and the Cincture.
The biggest is a 25m [euro] cleaning and restoration project at the Colosseum, the first phase of which ended last summer, removing the blackened deposits from the traffic pouring past on its cincture of major urban roads.
As if a form of type should fall And dash itself like hail, The heavens jumped away, Bursting the cincture of the zodiac, Shot flares with nothing left to say To us, not coming back Unless they should at last, Like hard-flung dice that ramble out the throw, Be gathered for another cast.
Survey with me, what ne'er our fathers saw, A female band despising Nature's law, To Gallic freaks or Gallic faith resign'd, The crane-like neck, as Fashion bids, lay bare, Or frizzle, bold in front, their borrow'd hair; Scarce by a gossamery film carest, Sport, in full view, the meretricious breast; Loose the chaste cincture, where the graces shone, And languish'd all the Loves, the ambrosial zone; And o'er the wreck of kingdoms sternly stand; And, frantic, midst the democratic storm, Pursue, Philosophy
On the future of the sitters MPs, Jubouri said that "the sitters MPs got out the cincture of the political blocs and their sit-in is irreversible, and all the sitters MPs have been dismissed from their political blocs by decision of the leaders of the blocs publicly or implicitly.
In Palestine of Jesus' time, the native has five articles of clothing: a long inner tunic, an outer cloak, a cincture or belt, an oriental headdress, and sandals.
Standing over by the choir holding a chalice she was just handed by the man in an alb, a cincture, an embroidered chasuble, a stole and Ortha-heel Walking Shoes?
In the ctenostome bryozoans Bowerbankia and Alcyonidium, a layer of cincture cells surrounds the rosette cells and lines the pore (Gordon, 1974).
How different is the Lincoln Memorial, a foursquare citadel; here the theme is heroic fortitude--a cincture of closely spaced columns, huddled together about the windowless central shrine, expressing endurance.
Someone had used a Sharpie to draw Candace as a round monk in a robe, complete with sandals and a triple-knotted cincture circumnavigating her hyperbolically inflated belly.