/bɛlt / (say belt)

1. a band of flexible material, as leather, worn around the waist to support clothing, for decoration, etc.
2. Sport such a band as a token of honour or achievement.
3. Surf Lifesaving a wide canvas belt which is worn by the member of the surf lifesaving team who swims out to effect a rescue, and which is attached to the surf-line.
4. any encircling or transverse band, strip, or strips: a belt of storms moving along the coast.
5. a strip of a city comprising a suburb or number of suburbs in which a specified group of people tend to predominate: the stockbroker belt.
6. a large strip of land having distinctive properties or characteristics: the wheat belt.
7. Machinery
a. a flexible band or cord connecting and pulling about each of two or more wheels, pulleys or the like, to transmit or change the direction of motion.
b. conveyor belt.
8. Navy a series of armour plates around a ship.
9. Military
a. a cloth strip with loops, or a series of metal links with grips, for holding cartridges which are fed into an automatic gun.
b. a band of leather or webbing, worn around the waist and used as a support for weapons, ammunition, etc.
10. Boxing an imaginary line round the body at the level of the navel below which the boxer must not strike.
verb (t)
11. to gird or furnish with a belt.
12. to surround or mark as if with a belt.
13. to fasten on (a sword, etc.) by means of a belt.
14. to beat with a belt, strap, etc.
15. below the belt, against the rules; unfairly. {Phrase Origin: from boxing, in which a rule banning hitting below the belt or waistband was adopted in 1838 and was one of the rules published in 1867 under the sponsorship of John Sholto Douglas, 8th Marquess of Queensberry}
16. belt along, Colloquial to move quickly or expeditiously.
17. belt into,
a. to begin with speed and vigour.
b. Colloquial to eat or drink quickly: belt that food into you.
18. belt out, to sing very loudly and often raucously: *The `prisoners' at the rear belted out the psalms and hymns as if they could not have done other than give of their best and heartiest. –patrick white, 1976.
19. belt up, Colloquial
a. to be quiet; shut up.
b. to fasten a safety belt.
c. to beat; strike: *He had been belting up some dagoes with the boys when one of the dagoes pulled a pocket-knife. –william dick, 1965.
20. get under one's belt, Colloquial
a. to consume (food): get this steak under your belt.
b. to possess (a qualification, achievement, etc.): she has a PhD under her belt now.
21. tighten one's belt, to reduce expenditure: *If you're laying people off and telling people in your business to tighten your belt, senior executives then find it inconsistent to go to the airport and get on Concorde rather than subsonic aircraft. –aap news, 2003.
{Middle English and Old English, ? from Latin balteus}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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