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Definition of girdle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

girdle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈɡɜːdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɜːrdl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they girdle
BrE BrE//ˈɡɜːdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɜːrdl//
 
he / she / it girdles
BrE BrE//ˈɡɜːdlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɜːrdlz//
 
past simple girdled
BrE BrE//ˈɡɜːdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɜːrdld//
 
past participle girdled
BrE BrE//ˈɡɜːdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɜːrdld//
 
-ing form girdling
BrE BrE//ˈɡɜːdlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɜːrdlɪŋ//
 
 
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girdle something (literary) to surround something A chain of volcanoes girdles the Pacific. Word Origin Old English gyrdel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gordel and German Gürtel, also to gird and girth.
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