gird


gird
gird1
girdingly, adv.
/gerrd/, v.t., girded or girt, girding.
1. to encircle or bind with a belt or band.
2. to surround; enclose; hem in.
3. to prepare (oneself) for action: He girded himself for the trial ahead.
4. to provide, equip, or invest, as with power or strength.
[bef. 950; ME girden, OE gyrdan; c. G gürten]
Syn. 3. brace, steel, fortify, strengthen.
gird2
girdingly, adv.
/gerrd/, v.i.
1. to gibe; jeer (usually fol. by at).
v.t.
2. to gibe or jeer at; taunt.
n.
3. a gibe.
[1175-1225; ME gyrd a stroke, blow, hence a cutting remark, deriv. of girden to strike, smite < ?]

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