What does waist mean?

Definitions for waist
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. waist, waistlinenoun

    the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips

  2. shank, waistnoun

    the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole

Wiktionary

  1. waistnoun

    The part of the body between the pelvis and the stomach.

  2. waistnoun

    A part of a piece of clothing that covers the waist.

  3. waistnoun

    The narrow connection between the thorax and abdomen in certain insects (e.g., bees, ants and wasps).

  4. waistnoun

    The middle portion of the hull of a ship or the fuselage of an aircraft.

  5. waistnoun

    That part of the upper deck of a ship between the quarterdeck and the forecastle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Waistnoun

    Etymology: gwase, Welsh; from the verb gwasen, to press or bind.

    The one seem’d woman to the waist, and fair,
    But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
    Voluminous and vast. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ii.

    She, as a veil, down to her slender waist,
    Her unadorned golden tresses wore,
    Dishevel’d. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. iv.

    They seiz’d, and with entangling folds embrac’d,
    His neck twice compassing, and twice his waist. John Denham.

    Stiff stays constrain her slender waist. John Gay.

    Sheets of water from the clouds are sent,
    Which hissing through the planks, the flames prevent,
    And stop the fiery pest: four ships alone
    Burn to the waist, and for the fleet alone. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Waistnoun

    that part of the human body which is immediately below the ribs or thorax; the small part of the body between the thorax and hips

  2. Waistnoun

    hence, the middle part of other bodies; especially (Naut.), that part of a vessel's deck, bulwarks, etc., which is between the quarter-deck and the forecastle; the middle part of the ship

  3. Waistnoun

    a garment, or part of a garment, which covers the body from the neck or shoulders to the waist line

  4. Waistnoun

    a girdle or belt for the waist

  5. Etymology: [OE. wast; originally, growth, akin to AS. weaxan to grow; cf. AS. wstm growth. See Wax to grow.]

Freebase

  1. Waist

    The waist is the part of the abdomen between the rib cage and hips. On proportionate people, the waist is the narrowest part of the torso. The waistline refers to the horizontal line where the waist is narrowest, or to the general appearance of the waist. People who diet are often said to be trying to "improve" their waistline. Women tend to have narrower waists than men.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Waist

    wāst, n. the smallest part of the human trunk, between the ribs and the hips: the bodice of a woman's dress: the middle part, as of a ship, of a musical instrument—(Shak.) of a period of time; (Shak.) something that surrounds.—ns. Waist′-anchor, an anchor stowed in the waist of a ship; Waist′band, the band or part of a garment which encircles the waist; Waist′belt, a belt for the waist; Waist′boat, a boat carried in the waist of a vessel; Waist′cloth, a piece of cloth worn around the waist, and hanging below it, in India; Waist′coat, a short coat worn immediately under the coat, and fitting the waist tightly; Waistcoateer′ (obs.), a strumpet; Waist′coating, material for men's waistcoats, usually of a fancy pattern and containing silk.—adjs. Waist′-deep, -high, as deep, high, as to reach up to the waist.—n. Waist′er, a green-hand on a whaler: an old man-of-war's-man who has not risen. [A.S. wæxt, growth (Ice. vöxtr); conn, with wæstme, growth, weaxen, to grow.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. waist

    That portion of the main deck of a ship of war, contained between the fore and main hatchways, or between the half-deck and galley.

Editors Contribution

  1. waist

    An element of the human body linking the hips and ribs.

    My waist is in proportion to the rest of my body.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 2, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'waist' in Nouns Frequency: #2350

Anagrams for waist »

  1. waits

  2. Swati

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of waist in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of waist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of waist in a Sentence

  1. Kara Landau:

    Resistant starch is not digested as it travels through the gastrointestinal tract, instead, it is fermented by the beneficial bacteria living in the gut. This fermentation process releases byproducts that improve the body’s insulin response, which help to prevent fat stored around the abdomen. Abdominal fat is highly correlated with diabetes, and a waist circumference larger than 35 inches in women and 40 inches in men is a risk factor for heart disease.

  2. Paul Poirier:

    We need to talk about waist loss and not weight loss, when you lose weight through exercise and proper nutrition then the first fat to go is the fat at the waist line.

  3. Princess Eugenie:

    The label’s strikingly bold feminine style very much suits Eugenie and what we are used to seeing her wear, she most often looks fabulous in a full skirt with cinched waist, so I expect a definite contrast to Meghan’s slim, tailored look.

  4. Mark Twain:

    When I was a child people simply looked about them and were moderately happy today they peer beyond the seven seas, bury themselves waist deep in tidings, and by and large what they see and hear makes them unutterably sad.

  5. Dallas Wings:

    Talking to my sister today, I literally spoke to her before the game and they were walking through waist-deep water and stuff like this, it flooded areas that weve never seen flooded before. I knew numerous people who were in situations where they had to be evacuated. So were just hoping for the best right now and just trying to help.

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