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waist

 (wāst)
n.
1.
a. The part of the human trunk between the bottom of the rib cage and the pelvis.
b. The narrow part of the abdomen of an insect.
2.
a. The part of a garment that encircles the waist of the body.
b. The upper part of a garment, extending from the shoulders to the waistline, especially the bodice of a dress.
c. Archaic A blouse.
3. The middle section or part of an object, especially when narrower than the rest.
4. Nautical The middle part of the upper deck of a ship between the forecastle and the quarterdeck.

[Middle English wast, perhaps from Old English *wæst, growth, size; see aug- in Indo-European roots.]

waist′less adj.

waist

(weɪst)
n
1. (Anatomy) anatomy the constricted part of the trunk between the ribs and hips
2. (Clothing & Fashion) the part of a garment covering the waist
3. the middle part of an object that resembles the waist in narrowness or position
4. (Nautical Terms) the middle part of a ship
5. (Aeronautics) Also called: centre section the middle section of an aircraft fuselage
6. (Zoology) the constriction between the thorax and abdomen in wasps and similar insects
[C14: origin uncertain; related to Old English wæstm wax2]
ˈwaistless adj

waist

(weɪst)

n.
1. the part of the human body between the ribs and the hips, usu. the narrowest part of the torso.
2. the part of a garment covering this part of the body.
4. the part of a one-piece garment covering the body from the neck or shoulders more or less to the waistline, esp. this part of a woman's or child's garment.
5. a child's undergarment to which other articles of apparel may be attached.
6. the central or middle part of an object: the waist of a violin.
7. the central part of a ship; that part of the deck between the forecastle and the quarterdeck.
8. the stalk at the top of the abdomen in certain insects, as the wasp.
[1300–50; Middle English wast, apocopated variant of wastum, Old English wæstm growth, form, figure; akin to wax2]
waist′less, adj.

waist

  • drop waist - One that has the seam at the hips, rather than the waist.
  • blouse - First a garment, usually belted at the waist, worn by peasants or workmen.
  • midriff - Based on the Old English hrif, "belly," it is the front of the body between the chest and the waist.
  • calypso - The style in which a shirt's tails are tied in a knot at the waist.

waist

waste

These words are both pronounced /weɪst/.

1. 'waist'

Waist is a noun. Your waist is the middle part of your body, above your hips.

She tied a belt around her waist.
He was naked from the waist up.
2. 'waste' used as a verb

Waste is most commonly a verb. If you waste time, money, or energy, you use it on something that is unimportant or unnecessary.

You're wasting time asking him to help – he won't.
We wasted money on a computer that didn't work.
3. 'waste' used as a noun

You can also say that something is a waste of time, money, or energy.

I'll never do that again. It's a waste of time.
It's a waste of money buying a new washing machine when we could repair the old one.

Waste also refers to material that has been used and is no longer wanted, for example because the useful part has been removed.

The river was full of industrial waste.
Your kidneys help to remove waste from your body.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.waist - the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hipswaist - the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips
region, area - a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve; "in the abdominal region"
torso, trunk, body - the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; "they moved their arms and legs and bodies"
wasp waist - a very slender waist
2.waist - the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
part, portion - something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
sole - the underside of footwear or a golf club
Translations
خَصْرخَصْر اللباسوَسَط
pas
taljedet smalleste stedhalslinning
vyötärö
struk
derékközéphajlat
inndreginn miîhlutimitti, mittismálstrengur
ウエスト
허리
įimtas per liemenįsusiaurėjimas
jostasvietasašaurinājumsšaurākā vietaviduklis
výkroj
pas
midja
เอว
eo

waist

[weɪst] N [of person] → cintura f, talle m; [of dress, skirt] → talle m (Naut) → combés m (fig) (= narrow part) → cuello m

waist

[ˈweɪst] n
[person] → taille f
[garment] → taille f

waist

nTaille f; (of violin)Mittelbügel m; (Naut) → Mittelteil m; stripped to the waistmit nacktem or bloßem Oberkörper; too tight round the waistzu eng in der Taille

waist

:
waistband
nRock-/Hosenbund m
waistcoat
n (Brit) → Weste f
waist-deep
adjhüfthoch, bis zur Taille reichend; the water was waistdas Wasser reichte bis zur Taille; we stood waist in …wir standen bis zur Hüfte in …

waist

:
waist-high
adjhüfthoch, bis zur Taille reichend; we picnicked in a field of waist grasswir picknickten in einem Feld, wo uns das Gras bis zur Hüfte reichte
waistline
nTaille f

waist

[weɪst] n (Anat) (of dress) → vita (fig) (narrow part, of violin) → strozzatura
stripped to the waist → nudo/a fino alla cintura, a torso nudo
to be up to one's waist in mud → essere nel fango fino alla vita

waist

(weist) noun
1. (the measurement round) the narrow part of the human body between the ribs and hips. She has a very small waist.
2. the narrow middle part of something similar, eg a violin, guitar etc.
3. the part of an article of clothing which goes round one's waist. Can you take in the waist of these trousers?
ˈwaisted adjective
shaped to fit round the waist. a waisted jacket.
waistband (ˈweisbӕnd) noun
the part of a pair of trousers, skirt etc which goes round the waist. The waistband of this skirt is too tight.
waistcoat (ˈweiskəut) noun
(American vest) a short, usually sleeveless jacket worn immediately under the outer jacket. a three-piece suit consists of trousers, jacket and waistcoat.

waist

خَصْر pas talje Taille μέση cintura vyötärö taille struk vita ウエスト 허리 taille midje talia cintura талия midja เอว bel eo 腰部

waist

n. cintura; talle.

waist

n cintura
References in classic literature ?
In imagina- tion he saw himself putting his arm about her waist and feeling her arms clasped tightly about his neck.
When they had all been introduced, Anna, the eldest daughter, who had met me at the door, scattered them gently, and came bringing a white apron which she tied round her mother's waist.
The hot wind beating in my face made me think--without any connection that I can trace of a summer day in Kentucky, of a meadow that seemed as big as the ocean to the very little girl walking through the grass, which was higher than her waist.
I mean to say," said Jessie, stealing her arm around her sister's waist demurely, "that you are perfectly right.
It used to be affirmed, that the dead shop-keeper, in a white wig, a faded velvet coat, an apron at his waist, and his ruffles carefully turned back from his wrists, might be seen through the chinks of the shutters, any night of the year, ransacking his till, or poring over the dingy pages of his day-book.
With these she decorated her hair and her young waist, and became a nymph child, or an infant dryad, or whatever else was in closest sympathy with the antique wood.
He was the same--he was the same, and seen, this time, as he had been seen before, from the waist up, the window, though the dining room was on the ground floor, not going down to the terrace on which he stood.
He seemed to take to me quite as naturally and unbiddenly as I to him; and when our smoke was over, he pressed his forehead against mine, clasped me round the waist, and said that henceforth we were married; meaning, in his country's phrase, that we were bosom friends; he would gladly die for me, if need should be.
And there with the strained craft steeply leaning over to it, by reason of the enormous downward drag from the lower mast-head, and every yard-arm on that side projecting like a crane over the waves; there, that blood-dripping head hung to the Pequod's waist like the giant Holofernes's from the girdle of Judith.
The main part of the steering is done at the bow, with a pole; the three-log breadth there furnishes room for only the steersman, for these little logs are not larger around than an average young lady's waist.
Becky hesitating, Tom took silence for consent, and passed his arm about her waist and whispered the tale ever so softly, with his mouth close to her ear.
So he kept on tramping up and down the floor and muttering, till by and by he begun to look pretty tired; then Benny she went and snuggled up to his side and put one hand in his and one arm around his waist and walked with him; and he smiled down on her, and reached down and kissed her; and so, little by little the trouble went out of his face and she persuaded him off to his room.