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girt 1

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.]

girt 2

A past tense and a past participle of gird1.
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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)
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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.
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]
gird′ing•ly, adv.


1. to gibe; jeer (usu. fol. by at).
2. to gibe or jeer at; taunt.
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: girted
Gerund: girting

I girt
you girt
he/she/it girts
we girt
you girt
they girt
I girted
you girted
he/she/it girted
we girted
you girted
they girted
Present Continuous
I am girting
you are girting
he/she/it is girting
we are girting
you are girting
they are girting
Present Perfect
I have girted
you have girted
he/she/it has girted
we have girted
you have girted
they have girted
Past Continuous
I was girting
you were girting
he/she/it was girting
we were girting
you were girting
they were girting
Past Perfect
I had girted
you had girted
he/she/it had girted
we had girted
you had girted
they had girted
I will girt
you will girt
he/she/it will girt
we will girt
you will girt
they will girt
Future Perfect
I will have girted
you will have girted
he/she/it will have girted
we will have girted
you will have girted
they will have girted
Future Continuous
I will be girting
you will be girting
he/she/it will be girting
we will be girting
you will be girting
they will be girting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been girting
you have been girting
he/she/it has been girting
we have been girting
you have been girting
they have been girting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been girting
you will have been girting
he/she/it will have been girting
we will have been girting
you will have been girting
they will have been girting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been girting
you had been girting
he/she/it had been girting
we had been girting
you had been girting
they had been girting
I would girt
you would girt
he/she/it would girt
we would girt
you would girt
they would girt
Past Conditional
I would have girted
you would have girted
he/she/it would have girted
we would have girted
you would have girted
they would have girted
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To encircle with or as if with a band:
Archaic: engird.
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References in classic literature ?
Anatole went out of the room and returned a few minutes later wearing a fur coat girt with a silver belt, and a sable cap jauntily set on one side and very becoming to his handsome face.
The lady passed him a coin, there was a moment of mumbling and gesticulating, and suddenly she had him with both hands by the red cravat which girt his neck, and was shaking him as a terrier would a rat.
After dinner the squire and the doctor sat by the captain's side awhile in consultation; and when they had talked to their hearts' content, it being then a little past noon, the doctor took up his hat and pistols, girt on a cutlass, put the chart in his pocket, and with a musket over his shoulder crossed the palisade on the north side and set off briskly through the trees.
A blanket of scarlet, or some other bright color, hangs from his shoulders, and is girt around his waist with a red sash, in which he bestows his pistols, knife, and the stem of his Indian pipe; preparations either for peace or war.
However, as I felt desirous to create a sensation, I determined to do all that lay in my power; and knowing that I could not delight the savages more than by conforming to their style of dress, I removed from my person the large robe of tappa which I was accustomed to wear over my shoulders whenever I sallied into the open air, and remained merely girt about with a short tunic descending from my waist to my knees.
In fact, girt about as she was, breezy and exposed to the sun's hot rays, she seemed to offer to gardeners so many more guarantees of success than other places, with their heavy sea air, and their scorching heat.
"And how strange is this marvel, and how awful -- that to the one per- ception it is enchanted and dight in a base and shame- ful aspect; yet to the perception of the other it is not enchanted, hath suffered no change, but stands firm and stately still, girt with its moat and waving its ban- ners in the blue air from its towers.
Whoever performs his part with most agility, and holds out the longest in leaping and creeping, is rewarded with the blue-coloured silk; the red is given to the next, and the green to the third, which they all wear girt twice round about the middle; and you see few great persons about this court who are not adorned with one of these girdles.
Meanwhile one of the carriers who were in the inn thought fit to water his team, and it was necessary to remove Don Quixote's armour as it lay on the trough; but he seeing the other approach hailed him in a loud voice, "O thou, whoever thou art, rash knight that comest to lay hands on the armour of the most valorous errant that ever girt on sword, have a care what thou dost; touch it not unless thou wouldst lay down thy life as the penalty of thy rashness." The carrier gave no heed to these words (and he would have done better to heed them if he had been heedful of his health), but seizing it by the straps flung the armour some distance from him.
For reverence is that, wherewith princes are girt from God; who threateneth the dissolving thereof; Solvam cingula regum.
Girt to his side was the steel hilt of an old sword without blade or scabbard; and some particoloured ends of ribands and poor glass toys completed the ornamental portion of his attire.
Sea Girt, a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey is known for its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.