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v. gird·ed or girt (gûrt), gird·ing, girds
a. To encircle (a person or the part of the body) with a belt or band.
b. To fasten or secure (clothing, for example) with a belt or band.
c. To surround.
2. To prepare (oneself) for action.
To prepare for action: "Men still spoke of peace but girded more sternly for war" (W. Bruce Lincoln).
gird (up) (one's) loins
To summon up one's inner resources in preparation for action.
intr. & tr.v. gird·ed, gird·ing, girds
To jeer or jeer at.
A sarcastic remark.
[Middle English girden, to strike.]
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vb (tr) , girds, girding, girded or girt
1. to put a belt, girdle, etc, around (the waist or hips)
2. to bind or secure with or as if with a belt: to gird on one's armour.
3. to surround; encircle
4. to prepare (oneself) for action (esp in the phrase gird (up) one's loins)
5. to endow with a rank, attribute, etc, esp knighthood
[Old English gyrdan, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse gyrtha, Old High German gurten]
1. (when: intr, foll by at) to jeer (at someone); mock
2. (tr) to strike (a blow at someone)
3. (intr) to move at high speed
a. a blow or stroke
b. a taunt; gibe
5. a display of bad temper or anger (esp in the phrases in a gird; throw a gird)
[C13 girden to strike, cut, of unknown origin]
Scot a hoop, esp a child's hoop. Also: girr
[a Scot variant of girth]
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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.]
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Past participle: girded/girt
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|Verb||1.||gird - prepare oneself for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are building up on the Iraqi border"|
forearm - arm in advance of a confrontation
|2.||gird - put a girdle on or around; "gird your loins"|
|3.||gird - bind with something round or circular|
hoop - bind or fasten with a hoop; "hoop vats"
bind - make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope; "The Chinese would bind the feet of their women"
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2. surround, ring, pen, enclose, encompass, encircle, hem in, enfold, engird a proposal to gird the river with a series of small hydroelectric dams
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1. To encircle with or as if with a band:
2. To shut in on all sides:
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gird[gɜːd] (girded (girt (pt, pp))) VT (liter) → ceñir, rodear (with de) to gird o.s. for the fight or fray → aprestarse para la lucha
to gird (up) one's loins → aprestarse para la lucha
see also loin
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
to gird o.s. for sth [+ battle, contest] → se préparer à or pour qch
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girdpret, ptp <girded or (rare) girt>
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