waist


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waist

1. Anatomy the constricted part of the trunk between the ribs and hips
2. the middle part of a ship
3. the middle section of an aircraft fuselage
4. the constriction between the thorax and abdomen in wasps and similar insects

waist

[wāst]
(engineering)
The center portion of a vessel or container that has a smaller cross section than the adjacent areas.

waist

The narrowest thickness of the slab in concrete stairs.
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My waist is at your disposal, in a case of necessity--that is to say, in a case of waltzing.
He did not say it, but he thought she made a much prettier picture than Phebe at the wash-tub, for she had stuck a purple fez on her blonde head, tied several brilliant scarfs about her waist, and put on a truly gorgeous scarlet jacket with a golden sun embroidered on the back, a silver moon on the front, and stars of all sizes on the sleeves.
Ten archers, with thirty shipmen, under the master, may hold the waist while ten lie aloft with stones and arbalests.
In the waist gathered the Southampton mariners, hairy and burly men, with their jerkins thrown off, their waists braced tight, swords, mallets, and pole-axes in their hands.
The three ship's anchors were at Sir Nigel's command carried into the waist, and tied to the mast, with twenty feet of cable between, each under the care of four seamen.
This he agreed to, but put on her this iron belt and chain, the other end of which he fastened round his own waist, and the great noises that were heard when the King cut the chain must have been caused by the Giant's falling down the underground passage when the chain gave way so suddenly.
The elephant grunted out his satisfaction, and, clasping Passepartout around the waist with his trunk, lifted him as high as his head.
Once I beheld him perched eighty feet from the ground, in the tuft of a cocoanut tree, smoking; and often I saw him standing up to the waist in water, engaged in plucking out the stray hairs of his beard, using a piece of muscle-shell for tweezers.
After adjustment for numerous demographic factors as well as alcohol and tobacco use, physical activity, and glomerular filtration rate, a marginally increased waist circumference--that is, 88 cm in women and 94-102 cm in men- was independently associated with a 58% higher hypertension prevalence in normal-weight individuals and a 31% higher hypertension prevalence in those who were overweight, compared with participants with comparable BMI values but normal waist circumference.
A personal, fully-inflatable floatation device, the Marlin Waist Belt is the perfect accessory to keep watersports enthusiasts safe; its primary feature is that it is designed and certified to AS1512, a PFD type 1 jacket.
A previous large study found that high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome are more common among people with larger waist sizes than among others.
There is a biological reasoning behind the appeal of a waspish waist.