Main definitions of gird in English

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transitive verbpast participle verb girded, past participle verb girt/ɡərt/

[with object]
  • 1 literary Encircle (a person or part of the body) with a belt or band.

    ‘a young man was to be girded with the belt of knighthood’
    • ‘One believer will gird him or herself with a towel, bend a knee, and wash the feet of another in a simple basin, drying the feet with the towel that is wrapped around the waist.’
    • ‘I invest him with your robe, gird him with your sash, entrust him with your authority; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the House of Judah.’
    • ‘A golden belt girded his waist.’
    • ‘But when the fabric is girding my middle and slung over my shoulder, Brian tells me that I look like an African prince.’
    • ‘Once elected, the two winners were girt with a sword as Knights of the Shire.’
    1. 1.1Secure (a garment or sword) on the body with a belt or band.
      ‘a white robe girded with a magenta sash’
      • ‘One was prepared to leave, and had only to gird his sword about his waist, when the other spoke suddenly.’
      • ‘They gird their weapons, mount their horses, and form into groups in the guise of a troop of soldiers.’
      • ‘The bushes rustled, and around us three more men, all with swords girt at their sides, stepped out.’
      • ‘Instead, he was dressed in a loose black robe with no sleeves, girt at the waist with a white metal belt.’
      • ‘Soon his shoes were being girded with golden spurs.’
      fasten, belt, bind, tie
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    2. 1.2Surround; encircle.
      ‘steel rings that gird the elongated, tubular building’
      • ‘Well that's interesting, because we sing in our national anthem that ‘Our land is girt by sea’, but we have been slow to recognise its importance in indigenous culture.’
      • ‘I thought of our pilgrimages out of the city, the slow tide of traffic to the shore or family visits, a cincture of security and welcome girding the suburbs and beyond.’
      • ‘In the eastern section were three broad stone pillars supporting the balcony above, which girded the guest rooms on the second floor.’
      surround, enclose, encircle, circle, ring, encompass, circumscribe, border, bound, edge, skirt, fringe, form a ring around, form a barrier round
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  • 2gird oneselfPrepare oneself for something difficult or challenging.

    ‘they are girding themselves for the upcoming court case’
    • ‘So, in this alternate history, just as in our real history, America once more girds itself for war.’
    • ‘The students had girded themselves for the slopes in three distinct modes.’
    • ‘So, in a sense, it is understandable that we gird ourselves for this sober second anniversary with a lingering sense of uncertainty.’
    • ‘There's no point in delaying it any longer, and Ian girds himself for her reaction by staring at her with a steel-like gaze.’
    • ‘He girds himself for an onslaught of late-night callers asking for analysis of the election results.’
    • ‘Do we really need them, or would we better off just girding ourselves for a huge fight and getting rid of them?’
    • ‘A local official said the country must gird itself for a ‘disaster scenario.’’
    • ‘The news will have surprised the company's lawyers, who only this week were girding themselves for the next round of litigation.’
    • ‘Both teachers sigh and mentally gird themselves for the next battle.’
    • ‘With all the players on the political stage girding themselves up for the 2007 presidential elections, the race for the presidency has already begun.’
    prepare, get ready, make ready, gear up, nerve, steel, galvanize, brace, strengthen, fortify, bolster, buttress
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Pronunciation

gird

/ɡərd/

Phrases

    gird one's loins
    • Prepare oneself for something difficult or challenging.

      ‘members of parliament are girding their loins for an election campaign’
      • ‘You get more tired and less able to take the stress and to gird your loins and take on another day.’
      • ‘He calls on ‘progressives’ everywhere to gird their loins for a battle for humanity.’
      • ‘I think she should have told him and let the family gird their loins against it.’
      • ‘This, then, is the time when we should be taking our last quiet pleasures whilst we gird our loins for the coming assault.’
      • ‘Meantime, it is essential that we do gird our loins and fight this latest takeover of our right to farm.’
      • ‘Quite how I am going to gird my loins to restart studying in October, I am not sure.’
      • ‘So after breakfast I brush my teeth, gird my loins and set off into the mythical morning.’
      • ‘However he never gave up and continually sought to gird his loins with courage.’
      • ‘The ruse of hiding the newspapers no longer works because nowadays when they cannot find them they put two and two together and gird themselves for a funeral.’
      • ‘But I girded my loins and I gritted my teeth and I did it - with only a slight hint at tears welling up in my eyes.’

Origin

Old English gyrdan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gorden and German gürten, also to girdle and girth.

Main definitions of gird in English

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intransitive verb

[no object] archaic
  • Make cutting or critical remarks.

    • ‘they girded at the committee’

Pronunciation

gird

/ɡərd/

noun

archaic
  • A cutting or critical remark; a taunt.

Pronunciation

gird

/ɡərd/

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘strike, stab’): of unknown origin.