1. A stroke with a rod or switch; a severe spasm; a twinge; a pang.
Conscience . . . is freed from many fearful girds and twinges which the atheist feels. --Tillotson.
2. A cut; a sarcastic remark; a gibe; a sneer.
I thank thee for that gird, good Tranio. --Shak.
Gird, v. t.
1. To strike; to smite. [Obs.]
To slay him and to girden off his head. --Chaucer.
2. To sneer at; to mock; to gibe.
Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods. --Shak.
Gird, v. i. To gibe; to sneer; to break a scornful jest; to utter severe sarcasms.
Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me. --Shak.
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.
v 1: prepare oneself for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is
girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are
building up on the Iraqui border" [syn: arm, build up,
fortify] [ant: disarm]
2: encircle or bind; "Trees girded the green fields" [syn: girth,
3: put a girdle on or around; "gird your loins" [syn: girdle]
4: bind with something round or circular [syn: encircle]