Definition of belt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//belt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//belt//
    Accessories, How machines work
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  1. 1   a long narrow piece of leather, cloth, etc. that you wear around the waist to do up/fasten/tighten a belt a belt buckle see also black belt, lifebelt, seat belt, suspender belt See related entries: Accessories
  2. 2a continuous band of material that moves round and is used to carry things along or to drive machinery see also conveyor belt, fan belt See related entries: How machines work
  3. 3an area with particular characteristics or where a particular group of people live the country’s corn/industrial belt We live in the commuter belt. a belt of rain moving across the country see also green belt, radiation belt
  4. 4(informal) an act of hitting something/somebody hard She gave the ball a terrific belt.
  5. Word OriginOld English, of Germanic origin, from Latin balteus ‘girdle’.Extra examples She was wearing a garter belt and stockings. The space mission provided new data on the Earth’s radiation belts. a narrow belt of trees a studded leather belt Buffalo is an American rust belt city that was home to several steel mills. The government promised to maintain the green belt. Towns in the country’s industrial belt were particularly affected by the recession. We live in the commuter belt. the US corn beltIdioms (of a remark) unfair or cruel That was distinctly below the belt! (informal) taking more actions than are really necessary to make sure that something succeeds or works as it should a belt-and-braces policy More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
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    (informal) to have already achieved or obtained something She already has a couple of good wins under her belt.
    to spend less money because there is less available With price increases on most goods, everyone is having to tighten their belt. There is a need for further belt-tightening. see also belt-tightening
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