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v. girt·ed, girt·ing, girts
1. To gird.
2. To secure with a girth.
3. To measure the girth of.
To measure in girth.
[Variant of gird.]
A past tense and a past participle of gird1.
a past tense and past participle of gird1
(Nautical Terms) nautical moored securely to prevent swinging
1. (tr) to bind or encircle; gird
2. to measure the girth of (something)
v.t. girded or girt, gird•ing.
1. to encircle or bind with a belt or band.
2. to surround; enclose; hem in.
3. to prepare (oneself) for action; brace.
4. to equip or invest, as with power or strength.Idioms:
gird (up) one's loins, to prepare oneself for something requiring strength or endurance.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English gyrdan, c. Old Saxon gurdian, Old High German gurten, Old Norse gyrtha]
1. to gibe; jeer (usu. fol. by at).v.t.
2. to gibe or jeer at; taunt.n.
3. a gibe.
[1175-1225;Middle English gyrd a stroke, blow, hence a cutting remark, derivative of girden to strike, of obscure orig.]
Past participle: girted