from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The distance around something; the circumference.
- n. Size; bulk: a person of large girth.
- n. A strap encircling an animal's body in order to secure a load or saddle on its back; a cinch.
- transitive v. To measure the circumference of.
- transitive v. To encircle.
- transitive v. To secure with a girth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The distance measured around an object.
- n. A band passed under the belly of an animal to hold various types of saddles in place.
- n. One's waistline circumference, most often a large one.
- v. To bind as if with a girth or band.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A band or strap which encircles the body; especially, one by which a saddle is fastened upon the back of a horse.
- n. The measure around any object, such as a body at the waist or belly, or a box ; the circumference of anything.
- n. A small horizontal brace or girder.
- transitive v. To bind as with a girth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A band or girdle; especially, a band passed under the belly of a horse or other animal, and drawn tight and fastened, to secure a saddle or a pack on its back.
- n. The measure round a person's body or round a pillar, tree, or anything of a cylindrical or roundish shape.
- n. A girdling; a circuit; a perimeter; an encircling inclosure.
- n. In car-building, a long horizontal bracing-timber on the inside of the frame of a box-car.
- n. In. printing, one of two bands of leather or stout webbing (also called straps) attached to the rounce of a hand-press, used for running the carriage in and out.
- To bind with a girth.
- To encircle or surround with a measuring-line, as in measuring moldings, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. tie a cinch around
- n. stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
- n. the distance around a person's body
Middle English gerth, girth strap, from Old Norse gjördh, girdle; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old Norse gjǫrð (whence the Icelandic gjörð), akin to Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌳𐌰 (gairda), German Gurt. Cognate with Albanian ngërthej ("to tie, bind, fasten"). (Wiktionary)