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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Gird v. t. [imp. & p. p. Girt or Girded; p. pr. & vb. n. Girding.]
 1. To encircle or bind with any flexible band.
 2. To make fast, as clothing, by binding with a cord, girdle, bandage, etc.
 3. To surround; to encircle, or encompass.
 That Nyseian isle,
 Girt with the River Triton.   --Milton.
 4. To clothe; to swathe; to invest.
    I girded thee about with fine linen.   --Ezek. xvi. 10.
 The Son . . . appeared
 Girt with omnipotence.   --Milton.
 5. To prepare; to make ready; to equip; as, to gird one's self for a contest.
    Thou hast girded me with strength.   --Ps. xviii. 39.
 To gird on, to put on; to fasten around or to one securely, like a girdle; as, to gird on armor or a sword.
    Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.   --1 Kings xx. 11.
 -- To gird up, to bind tightly with a girdle; to support and strengthen, as with a girdle.
    He girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab.   --1 Kings xviii. 46.
    Gird up the loins of your mind.   --1 Pet. i. 13.
 -- Girt up; prepared or equipped, as for a journey or for work, in allusion to the ancient custom of gathering the long flowing garments into the girdle and tightening it before any exertion; hence, adjectively, eagerly or constantly active; strenuous; striving. “A severer, more girt-up way of living.” --J. C. Shairp.