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gird 1

v. gird·ed or girt (gûrt), gird·ing, girds
a. To encircle (a person or the part of the body) with a belt or band.
b. To fasten or secure (clothing, for example) with a belt or band.
c. To surround.
2. To prepare (oneself) for action.
To prepare for action: "Men still spoke of peace but girded more sternly for war" (W. Bruce Lincoln).
gird (up) (one's) loins
To summon up one's inner resources in preparation for action.

[Middle English girden, from Old English gyrdan; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]

gird 2

intr. & tr.v. gird·ed, gird·ing, girds
To jeer or jeer at.
A sarcastic remark.

[Middle English girden, to strike.]
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