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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
References in classic literature ?
Suddenly a man, in foreign garments: wonderfully real and distinct to look at: stood outside the window, with an axe stuck in his belt, and leading by the bridle an ass laden with wood.
So when the day approached he put on his invisible belt, took a sack of gold pieces with him, and slipping into her room in the middle of the night, he placed the bag of gold beside her bed and returned to his sheep.
His hands were empty, he had lost helmet and belt, and he was bleeding from a wound in the neck.
He undid the burnished belt, and beneath this the cuirass and the belt of mail which the bronze-smiths had made; then, when he had seen the wound, he wiped away the blood and applied some soothing drugs which Chiron had given to Aesculapius out of the good will he bore him.
said Harvey, with quivering lips, as he fumbled at the clasp of the belt.
But, stay a moment - look here, it has just fallen of its own accord into the last hole of the belt.
And in fact two more peasants began binding Dron, who took off his own belt and handed it to them, as if to aid them.
Well, every day at four o'clock Ozma has promised to look at me in that picture, and if I am in need of help I am to make her a certain sign and she will put on the Nome King's Magic Belt and wish me to be with her in Oz.
A little girl named Dorothy, who was here with Ozma of Oz, stole my Belt and carried it away with her," said the King, grinding his teeth with rage.
His thumbs, tucked in his belt in lazy support of the weight of his arms, touched the belt which held the jewel pouch about his waist.
Around his waist he buckled the saber belt but beneath the tunic he retained the hunting knife of his dead father.
About his middle was strapped a belt, which carried a large-calibred automatic pistol and several spare clips, loaded and ready for quick work.