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cinc·ture

 (sĭngk′chər)
n.
1. The act of encircling or encompassing.
2.
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.]

cincture

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

cinc•ture

(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.
v.t.
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

cincture

verb
To encircle with or as if with a band:
Archaic: engird.
References in classic literature ?
He also wore armlets, and cinctures above the ankles, of the latter precious metal.
Such of late COLUMBUS found th' AMERICAN to girt With featherd Cincture, naked else and wilde Among the Trees on Iles and woodie Shores.
Their luxuriant locks, wound up and twisted into the smallest possible compass, were freed from the briny element; the whole person carefully dried, and from a little round shell that passed from hand to hand, anointed with a fragrant oil: their adornments were completed by passing a few loose folds of white tappa, in a modest cincture, around the waist.