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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.