a. transitive. To surround, encircle (the waist, a person about the waist) with a belt or girdle, esp. for the purpose of confining the garments and allowing freer action to the body. Chiefly reflexive or passive; also, after Biblical phrase, to gird one's loins , to gird one's reins , etc. Also to gird up , to gird about .
b. figurative. To prepare (oneself) for action; to brace up (oneself) for, to, or to do something. Often with up.
2. figurative. To invest or endue with attributes, esp. (after biblical phrase) with strength, power, etc.
3. To equip (oneself or another) with a sword suspended from a belt fastened round the body; sometimes with reference to investing a person with the sword of knighthood.
a. To fasten (a sword or other weapon) to one's person by means of a belt. Const. on, upon, to. Also with on adv.
b. To secure (clothing, armour, etc.) on the person by means of a girdle; also to gird on , to gird up .
†a. To surround as with a belt; to tie firmly or confine. Also to gird up , to gird in , to gird about , to gird together . Obsolete.
a. Said of that which surrounds: To encircle, enclose, confine.
b. of natural surroundings or barriers, esp. of rivers.
c. of a ring or crowd of people; chiefly reflexive or passive.
d. of immaterial surroundings (chiefly passive).
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