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girth

Riding a band around a horse's belly to keep the saddle in position

girth

[gərth]
(naval architecture)
The distance measured along a frame line from a waterline on one side around the hull to the corresponding point on the opposite side.
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And this to such an extent, monsieur," continued Porthos, "that the fellow in two years has gained eighteen inches in girth, and so my last dozen coats are all too large, from a foot to a foot and a half.
Hundreds of times before had Tarzan been to this secluded spot, which was so densely surrounded by thorn bushes and tangled vines and creepers of huge girth that not even Sheeta, the leopard, could worm his sinuous way within, nor Tantor, with his giant strength, force the barriers which protected the council chamber of the great apes from all but the harmless denizens of the savage jungle.
The slender girth of the belt told its feminine story, and he remembered the whale-boat of the day before and the gray eyes that flashed beneath the level brows.
The girth of the neck had increased, and the first crease and fold of a double chin were becoming plainly discernible.
And huge, golden melons of the papaia, ready for the eating, globuled directly from the slender- trunked trees not one-tenth the girth of the fruits they bore.
Another reform-school graduate youth obeyed, snapping a girth about Michael's loins, to which was attached a thin rope.
His stomach is three times its former girth, and he has four wives.
The salmon, swimming near the surface, as is their custom, run their heads through these meshes, and are prevented from going on through by their larger girth of body, and from going back because of their gills, which catch in the mesh.
They limited the man at his meals, but still his girth increased and he swelled prodigiously under his shirt.
Ballingford winced, and every eye glanced at his prodigious girth.
One which I shot at Monte Video weighed ninety-eight pounds: its length from the end of the snout to the stump-like tail, was three feet two inches; and its girth three feet eight.
and straightway comes over the water from some distant cove the same password repeated, where the next in seniority and girth has gulped down to his mark; and when this observance has made the circuit of the shores, then ejaculates the master of ceremonies, with satisfaction, tr-r-r-oonk