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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


  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.


  1. waist

    W.A.I.S.T. is the acronym for the West Africa Invitational Softball Tournament organized each January/February in Dakar by the local U.S. Embassy and Peace Corps Senegal. This amateur, co-ed slo-pitch softball tournament mainly attracts North American expatriates, and sometimes Japanese expats as well, although Peace Corps volunteers are by far the bulk of participants. In recent years there has been increased participation by Senegalese nationals. Participating teams have come from Senegal, The Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Cape Verde, Niger, Guinea, and Burkina Faso. Peace Corps volunteers, U.S. embassy personnel, students and faculty from local schools (mostly the International School of Dakar) make up the majority of the teams. Games are held throughout Dakar including the Dakar campus of Suffolk University and the field of the International School of Dakar. The majority of teams play in a non-competitive, social league; this includes most of the Peace Corps teams who every year provide entertainment with their themed costumes. Peace Corps volunteers and expatriates interested in participating should contact Peace Corps Senegal the fall before the year they wish to participate to make arrangements. A competitive league also plays with teams represented from Senegal, the U.S., and Japan among others. In conjunction with the tournament, Peace Corps Senegal use to host an "All Volunteer Conference" and a "WID/GAD Conference" where volunteers throughout West Africa shared their projects and best practices with others in the region. An offshoot event, W.A.I.S.T.D.C., began in 2008, and is held in mid-summer in Washington, D.C.

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.]


  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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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for waist »

  1. waits

  2. Swati

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  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. Richard Isaacson:

    This new study is important since it supports these findings and relates a larger waist size to increased dementia risk, especially in women.

  2. John Quinlan (wrestler):

    I have 20" arms and a 30" waist

  3. Jane Caminos:

    A waist is a terrible thing to mind.

  4. Red Skelton:

    Old age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

  5. Naama Haviv:

    The parents of the survivors were asked if they wanted to cover their faces and mask their identity to keep their privacy. But they said' No', they're tired of hiding and what they are is angry. They want people to know this is happening, the chief of pediatrics at the hospital shared photographs from waist down of the damage being done to these children, as young as 18 months old. It's horrific. Their bodies have literally been destroyed.

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