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belt,

girdle or band worn around the body, originally to confine loose garments. Later the girdle became a decorative accessory and was used to carry belongings. The Greeks and Romans wore ornamental cords and bands of many materials, including metal. The medieval belt displayed brilliant goldwork and gems; it carried the purse, dagger, sword, and other personal belongings of the wearer. Since then the belt has varied in style and importance. It has been symbolic of strength, of alertness, and of integrity. In folklore belts have often been accorded supernatural power.

belt

[belt]
(civil engineering)
In brickwork, a projecting row (or rows) of bricks, or an inserted row made of a different kind of brick.
(ecology)
Any altitudinal vegetation zone or band from the base to the summit of a mountain.
Any benthic vegetation zone or band from sea level to the ocean depths.
Any of the concentric vegetation zones around bodies of fresh water.
(hydrology)
A long area or strip of pack ice, with a width of 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) to more than 100 kilometers (60 miles).
(mechanical engineering)
A flexible band used to connect pulleys or to convey materials by transmitting motion and power.

belt

1. See seat belt
2. a band of flexible material between rotating shafts or pulleys to transfer motion or transmit goods
3. short for beltcourse (see cordon(sense 4))
4. below the belt Boxing below the waist, esp in the groin
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Awareness is the main barrier to early detection and prevention of gynecologic cancers, especially in countries where illiteracy rates are high, women's rights are limited and issues below the belt are considered taboo," said Dr.
Planet Smoothie, one of the country's largest smoothie franchises, plans on hitting fast food companies below the belt as it rolls out a line of "How LOW Can You Go" smoothie products.
At one point she tried to win an argument by calling Lily Allen's young children 'ugly' - and while I'm no fan of Lily Allen, that feels a little below the belt.
March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Globe-athon to End Women's Cancers announced 2014 dates and initiatives to raise awareness about below the belt cancers globally at the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer.
To blame anyone else is - like the organ that's calling Ashley's shots - decidedly below the belt.
Yet only one of his trademark one-two punch lines was truly below the belt (involving paedophilia), and he paused for a split second before deciding to go with it.
A THOSE who tint below the belt do so at their own risk
Hitting below the belt is legal if the other guy hit you there first, right?
He boasts 20 stoppages in those victories - and reckons the two losses were for technical disqualifications, hitting below the belt and a clash of heads.
Loud, proud and outrageously funny, "The Queens of Comedy" spotlights Miss Laura Hayes' hilarious tales about life and relationships, Adele Givens' thought-provoking humor, Sommore's comic view of issues from a female perspective and Mo'Nique's sarcastic stand-up, in a full-scale laugh attack that's not afraid to go over the top -- or below the belt.
He said: "I think I've shown before that I've got the passion needed to play for my country, so I think that comment was a bit below the belt.
As insults go, I suppose it's pretty below the belt - but it's been called worse.