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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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Below The Belt is a fine mix of heavy-duty riffage and melodic moments often missing in his earlier work.
The singer was about to be cuffed by the officer, who was left fuming after being soaked below the belt.
She made jokes about the size of Hilton's manhood and that's below the belt.
To headbutt someone was below the belt and Alan is lucky not to be in hospital.
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.
BEloW THE BElT Brand was under attack yesterday for his sick quip
To blame anyone else is - like the organ that's calling Ashley's shots - decidedly below the belt.