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1. The act of encircling or encompassing.
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.]


something that encircles or surrounds, esp a belt, girdle, or border. Also called: ceinture
[C16: from Latin cinctūra, from cingere to gird]


(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.
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


To encircle with or as if with a band:
Archaic: engird.
References in classic literature ?
Such of late COLUMBUS found th' AMERICAN to girt With featherd Cincture, naked else and wilde Among the Trees on Iles and woodie Shores.
Their luxuriant locks, wound up and twisted into the smallest possible compass, were freed from the briny element; the whole person carefully dried, and from a little round shell that passed from hand to hand, anointed with a fragrant oil: their adornments were completed by passing a few loose folds of white tappa, in a modest cincture, around the waist.
He switched out his long, tight-rolled turban-cloth and, with swiftest hands, rolled it over and under about his loins into the intricate devices of a Saddhu's cincture.
He also wore armlets, and cinctures above the ankles, of the latter precious metal.
Standing over by the choir holding a chalice she was just handed by the man in an alb, a cincture, an embroidered chasuble, a stole and Ortha-heel Walking Shoes?
How different is the Lincoln Memorial, a foursquare citadel; here the theme is heroic fortitude--a cincture of closely spaced columns, huddled together about the windowless central shrine, expressing endurance.
Someone had used a Sharpie to draw Candace as a round monk in a robe, complete with sandals and a triple-knotted cincture circumnavigating her hyperbolically inflated belly.
It is this cincture of noble edifices that has given Pienza its lasting distinction and has supported its claim as "the first ideal city of the Renaissance to take on visible form" and "one of the first pieces of regular town planning since Roman days.