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a. A belt or sash worn around the waist.
b. Something that encircles like a belt.
c. An elasticized, flexible undergarment worn over the waist and hips to give the body a more slender appearance.
2. A band made around the trunk of a tree by the removal of a strip of bark.
3. The edge of a cut gem held by the setting.
4. Anatomy The pelvic or pectoral girdle.
tr.v. gir·dled, gir·dling, gir·dles
1. To encircle with a belt.
2. To form a circle around: a ring of hills that girdled the city.
3. To remove a band of bark and cambium from the circumference of (a tree), usually in order to kill it.

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


1. The removal of bark from right around the trunk or branch of a tree or shrub caused by pests, such as rabbits and deer.
2. See barkringing.
References in classic literature ?
The girdling arm lifted higher and drew her toward him, drew her slowly and caressingly.
He offered to draw her toward him again, but it was no more than a tentative muscular movement of the girdling arm, for he feared that he might be greedy.
Girdling refers to the process of peeling off bark from a tree trunk to prevent nutrients from circulating inside the tree.
Many rodents select bark as a food source when other preferred foods are not available (review: Baxter and Hansson, 2001), and girdling by rodents can have important ecological consequences.
A: The irregular trunk growth and loss of needles above the scar are symptoms of stern girdling from the wire having been wrapped around the trunk for too long.
Cerambycid girdling and water stress modify mesquite architecture and reproduction.
The branch girdling is considered a keystone process to the structure of the arthropod community composed of predators, parasitoids and xylophages that inhabit these branches (Calderon-Cortes et al.
Weed whackers work great on weeds but inadvertently cut away bark from the base of the tree, effectively girdling it.
3 at 5 d after girdling (DAG) when there were large treatment effects on light saturated CER, and 30 DAG when treatment effects were minimal.
Once girdling reached 3/4 of total tree circumference, the incidence of mortality was higher than expected.
People with pain from MS often refer to a tightness or a girdling pressure on the torso.
However, a stripe of dust girdling the galaxy has clouded efforts to observe the maelstrom.