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waist

 (wāst)
n.
1.
a. The part of the human trunk between the bottom of the rib cage and the pelvis.
b. The narrow part of the abdomen of an insect.
2.
a. The part of a garment that encircles the waist of the body.
b. The upper part of a garment, extending from the shoulders to the waistline, especially the bodice of a dress.
c. Archaic A blouse.
3. The middle section or part of an object, especially when narrower than the rest.
4. Nautical The middle part of the upper deck of a ship between the forecastle and the quarterdeck.

[Middle English wast, perhaps from Old English *wæst, growth, size; see aug- in Indo-European roots.]

waist′less adj.

waist

(weɪst)
n
1. (Anatomy) anatomy the constricted part of the trunk between the ribs and hips
2. (Clothing & Fashion) the part of a garment covering the waist
3. the middle part of an object that resembles the waist in narrowness or position
4. (Nautical Terms) the middle part of a ship
5. (Aeronautics) Also called: centre section the middle section of an aircraft fuselage
6. (Zoology) the constriction between the thorax and abdomen in wasps and similar insects
[C14: origin uncertain; related to Old English wæstm wax2]
ˈwaistless adj

waist

(weɪst)

n.
1. the part of the human body between the ribs and the hips, usu. the narrowest part of the torso.
2. the part of a garment covering this part of the body.
4. the part of a one-piece garment covering the body from the neck or shoulders more or less to the waistline, esp. this part of a woman's or child's garment.
5. a child's undergarment to which other articles of apparel may be attached.
6. the central or middle part of an object: the waist of a violin.
7. the central part of a ship; that part of the deck between the forecastle and the quarterdeck.
8. the stalk at the top of the abdomen in certain insects, as the wasp.
[1300–50; Middle English wast, apocopated variant of wastum, Old English wæstm growth, form, figure; akin to wax2]
waist′less, adj.

waist

  • drop waist - One that has the seam at the hips, rather than the waist.
  • blouse - First a garment, usually belted at the waist, worn by peasants or workmen.
  • midriff - Based on the Old English hrif, "belly," it is the front of the body between the chest and the waist.
  • calypso - The style in which a shirt's tails are tied in a knot at the waist.

waist

waste

These words are both pronounced /weɪst/.

1. 'waist'

Waist is a noun. Your waist is the middle part of your body, above your hips.

She tied a belt around her waist.
He was naked from the waist up.
2. 'waste' used as a verb

Waste is most commonly a verb. If you waste time, money, or energy, you use it on something that is unimportant or unnecessary.

You're wasting time asking him to help – he won't.
We wasted money on a computer that didn't work.
3. 'waste' used as a noun

You can also say that something is a waste of time, money, or energy.

I'll never do that again. It's a waste of time.
It's a waste of money buying a new washing machine when we could repair the old one.

Waste also refers to material that has been used and is no longer wanted, for example because the useful part has been removed.

The river was full of industrial waste.
Your kidneys help to remove waste from your body.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.waist - the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hipswaist - the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips
region, area - a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve; "in the abdominal region"
torso, trunk, body - the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; "they moved their arms and legs and bodies"
wasp waist - a very slender waist
2.waist - the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
part, portion - something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
sole - the underside of footwear or a golf club
Translations
خَصْرخَصْر اللباسوَسَط
pas
taljedet smalleste stedhalslinning
vyötärö
struk
derékközéphajlat
inndreginn miîhlutimitti, mittismálstrengur
ウエスト
허리
įimtas per liemenįsusiaurėjimas
jostasvietasašaurinājumsšaurākā vietaviduklis
výkroj
pas
midja
เอว
eo

waist

[weɪst] N [of person] → cintura f, talle m; [of dress, skirt] → talle m (Naut) → combés m (fig) (= narrow part) → cuello m

waist

[ˈweɪst] n
[person] → taille f
[garment] → taille f

waist

nTaille f; (of violin)Mittelbügel m; (Naut) → Mittelteil m; stripped to the waistmit nacktem or bloßem Oberkörper; too tight round the waistzu eng in der Taille

waist

:
waistband
nRock-/Hosenbund m
waistcoat
n (Brit) → Weste f
waist-deep
adjhüfthoch, bis zur Taille reichend; the water was waistdas Wasser reichte bis zur Taille; we stood waist in …wir standen bis zur Hüfte in …

waist

:
waist-high
adjhüfthoch, bis zur Taille reichend; we picnicked in a field of waist grasswir picknickten in einem Feld, wo uns das Gras bis zur Hüfte reichte
waistline
nTaille f

waist

[weɪst] n (Anat) (of dress) → vita (fig) (narrow part, of violin) → strozzatura
stripped to the waist → nudo/a fino alla cintura, a torso nudo
to be up to one's waist in mud → essere nel fango fino alla vita

waist

(weist) noun
1. (the measurement round) the narrow part of the human body between the ribs and hips. She has a very small waist.
2. the narrow middle part of something similar, eg a violin, guitar etc.
3. the part of an article of clothing which goes round one's waist. Can you take in the waist of these trousers?
ˈwaisted adjective
shaped to fit round the waist. a waisted jacket.
waistband (ˈweisbӕnd) noun
the part of a pair of trousers, skirt etc which goes round the waist. The waistband of this skirt is too tight.
waistcoat (ˈweiskəut) noun
(American vest) a short, usually sleeveless jacket worn immediately under the outer jacket. a three-piece suit consists of trousers, jacket and waistcoat.

waist

خَصْر pas talje Taille μέση cintura vyötärö taille struk vita ウエスト 허리 taille midje talia cintura талия midja เอว bel eo 腰部

waist

n. cintura; talle.

waist

n cintura
References in classic literature ?
She wore a costume that struck the boy as being remarkably brilliant: her silken waist being of emerald green and her skirt of four distinct colors -- blue in front, yellow at the left side, red at the back and purple at the right side.
Miss Plym (from the rectory) is fat and fair and prosperous: she overflows with good spirits; she has a waist which defies tight-lacing, and she dances joyously on large flat feet.
Seeders had finished his weakfish he got up, put his arm around Tildy's waist, kissed her loudly and impudently, walked out upon the street, snapped his fingers in the direction of the laundry, and hied himself to play pennies in the slot machines at the Amusement Arcade.
Also, Miss Flanagan had sent special instruction that said waist must be delivered by that night.
She grasped his waist, and so they reached the bottom.
Without even asking her if she cared to dance, he put out his arm to encircle her slender waist.
Ripple-ripple round her waist, Clear the current eddied.
He had made up his mind exactly what to do, and when they got into the cab he passed his arm, as though almost by accident, round her waist.
The aide-de-camp, an adept in his art, grasping his partner firmly round her waist, with confident deliberation started smoothly, gliding first round the edge of the circle, then at the corner of the room he caught Helene's left hand and turned her, the only sound audible, apart from the ever-quickening music, being the rhythmic click of the spurs on his rapid, agile feet, while at every third beat his partner's velvet dress spread out and seemed to flash as she whirled round.
In this state of mind he was striking out under the water as noiselessly as possible when he felt himself seized by the arm and then by the waist.
he said with rapture, and he threw his arm round the gypsy's waist.
The idea of cramping a tender little waist in a stiff band of leather and steel just when it ought to be growing," said Dr.