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Meaning of GIRD

Pronunciation:  gurd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  prepare oneselg for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"
  2. [v]  bind with something round or circular
  3. [v]  put a girdle on or around
  4. [v]  encircle or bind; "Trees girded the green fields"

GIRD is a 4 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: arm, begird, build up, encircle, fortify, girdle, girt, girth
 Antonyms: demilitarise, demilitarize, disarm
 See Also: bind, border, circle, encircle, environ, forearm, hoop, rearm, re-arm, ring, round, skirt, surround, surround



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gird\, n. [See {Yard} a measure.]
    1. A stroke with a rod or switch; a severe spasm; a twinge; a
             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.
  2. \Gird\, v. t. [See {Gird}, n., and cf. {Girde}, v.]
    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.
  3. \Gird\, v. i.
    To gibe; to sneer; to break a scornful jest; to utter severe
          Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me. --Shak.
  4. \Gird\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Girt}or {Girded}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Girding}.] [OE. girden, gurden, AS. gyrdan; akin to OS.
    gurdian, D. gorden, OHG. gurten, G. g["u]rten, Icel. gyr?a,
    Sw. gjorda, Dan. giorde, Goth. biga['i]rdan to begird, and
    prob. to E. yard an inclosure. Cf. {Girth}, n. & v., {Girt},
    v. t.]
    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.
    4. To clothe; to swathe; to invest.
             I girded thee about with fine linen.  --Ezek. xvi.
             The Son . . . appeared Girt with omnipotence.
    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.
    {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.
    {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.
             Gird up the loins of your mind.       --1 Pet. i.
    {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.
Thesaurus Terms
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