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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.]
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something that encircles or surrounds, esp a belt, girdle, or border. Also called: ceinture
[C16: from Latin cinctūra, from cingere to gird]
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(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]
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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
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To encircle with or as if with a band:
Archaic: engird.
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References in classic literature ?
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.
Such of late COLUMBUS found th' AMERICAN to girt With featherd Cincture, naked else and wilde Among the Trees on Iles and woodie Shores.
'Hast thou met - a physician of sick pearls?' 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.
Over his regular clothes, Pell would wear a full-length white robe called an alb that was tied around his waist with a rope-like cincture. Over that, he would drape a 10-foot band of cloth called a stole around his neck.
Pope Francis, who presided at the Mass along with hundreds of priests and bishops, wore the bloodied cincture or waistband of the martyred archbishop.
A particularly interesting collocation occurs in Maria's line, "the cincture of mine arms" (FL, III.vii.), which echoes Jack Drum's Entertainment: "the cincture of a faithful arm," (75) while Gerardine's exclamation, "O monstrous!
The biggest is a 25m [euro] cleaning and restoration project at the Colosseum, the first phase of which ended last summer, removing the blackened deposits from the traffic pouring past on its cincture of major urban roads.
Moreover, post mortem studies carried out on patients with schizophrenia have demonstrated that they displayed a greater concentration of CB1 in the cortex of the left frontal cincture (64% above controls) (Zavitsanou, Garrick & Huang, 2004).
As if a form of type should fall And dash itself like hail, The heavens jumped away, Bursting the cincture of the zodiac, Shot flares with nothing left to say To us, not coming back Unless they should at last, Like hard-flung dice that ramble out the throw, Be gathered for another cast.
Survey with me, what ne'er our fathers saw, A female band despising Nature's law, To Gallic freaks or Gallic faith resign'd, The crane-like neck, as Fashion bids, lay bare, Or frizzle, bold in front, their borrow'd hair; Scarce by a gossamery film carest, Sport, in full view, the meretricious breast; Loose the chaste cincture, where the graces shone, And languish'd all the Loves, the ambrosial zone; And o'er the wreck of kingdoms sternly stand; And, frantic, midst the democratic storm, Pursue, Philosophy!
On the future of the sitters MPs, Jubouri said that "the sitters MPs got out the cincture of the political blocs and their sit-in is irreversible, and all the sitters MPs have been dismissed from their political blocs by decision of the leaders of the blocs publicly or implicitly."