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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.


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)



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.]


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.
References in classic literature ?
and slowly and stiffly the old creature rose, and got her basket on her head again; but before she went out, she looked at the quadroon girt, who still stood playing with her ear-drops.
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.
The door accordingly was opened; and the hermit, a large, strong-built man, in his sackcloth gown and hood, girt with a rope of rushes, stood before the knight.
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.
Eighty poles, each of one foot high, were erected for this purpose, and very strong cords, of the bigness of packthread, were fastened by hooks to many bandages, which the workmen had girt round my neck, my hands, my body, and my legs.
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.
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.
First he put a waistband round him and then he gave him some well-cut thongs of ox-hide; the two men being now girt went into the middle of the ring, and immediately fell to; heavily indeed did they punish one another and lay about them with their brawny fists.
The loins of the warrior were girt about with heavy folds of a dark-coloured tappa, hanging before and behind in clusters of braided tassels, while anklets and bracelets of curling human hair completed his unique costume.
He waited idly for a few minutes, expecting to see them hurry up the line girt for action.
For reverence is that, wherewith princes are girt from God; who threateneth the dissolving thereof; Solvam cingula regum.
The shape of some monstrous villainy, half seen, half guessed, loomed through the darkness which had girt me so long.