1. That which engirdles a person or thing; a band or girdle; as, a lady's belt; a sword belt.
The shining belt with gold inlaid. --Dryden.
2. That which restrains or confines as a girdle.
He cannot buckle his distempered cause
Within the belt of rule. --Shak.
3. Anything that resembles a belt, or that encircles or crosses like a belt; a strip or stripe; as, a belt of trees; a belt of sand.
4. Arch. Same as Band, n., 2. A very broad band is more properly termed a belt.
5. Astron. One of certain girdles or zones on the surface of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, supposed to be of the nature of clouds.
6. Geog. A narrow passage or strait; as, the Great Belt and the Lesser Belt, leading to the Baltic Sea.
7. Her. A token or badge of knightly rank.
8. Mech. A band of leather, or other flexible substance, passing around two wheels, and communicating motion from one to the other.
Note: [See Illust. of Pulley.]
9. Nat. Hist. A band or stripe, as of color, round any organ; or any circular ridge or series of ridges.
Belt lacing, thongs used for lacing together the ends of machine belting.
Belt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Belted; p. pr. & vb. n. Belting.] To encircle with, or as with, a belt; to encompass; to surround.
A coarse black robe belted round the waist. --C. Reade.
They belt him round with hearts undaunted. --Wordsworth.
2. To shear, as the buttocks and tails of sheep. [Prov. Eng.]
n 1: endless loop of flexible material between two rotating
shafts or pulleys
2: a band to tie or buckle around the body (usually at the
3: an elongated region where a specific condition is found; "a
belt of high pressure"
4: a vigorous blow; "the sudden knock floored him"; "he took a
bash right in his face"; "he got a bang on the head" [syn:
knock, bash, bang, smash]
5: a path or strip (as cut by one course of mowing) [syn: swath]
6: the act of hitting vigorously; "he gave the table a whack"
[syn: knock, rap, whack, whang]
v 1: sing loudly and forcefully [syn: belt out]
2: deliver a blow to; "He belted his opponent"
3: fasten with a belt; "belt your trousers" [ant: unbelt]