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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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It was decided at the G20 meeting in Toronto that there would be a sort of concession between countries who want to spend and stimulate their economies, and those who want to tighten belts and cut deficits.
It is an opportunity to escape the graphs that show some economic collapses; the currency rate fluctuations; the cracks in empire-sized companies; the calls to tighten belts and spend less.
Our 90-odd staff understand the need to tighten belts in the current climate; everyone is working as a team to ensure we maintain standards, meet punter expectations and work for each other - ensuring job security.
He believes there are ways real estate firms can tighten belts without stymieing progress.
Eurostar blamed the global economic downturn for a decline in business travel as corporates look to tighten belts.
It should be a time to tighten belts and purse strings.
With many small districts eliminating music programs altogether as they tighten belts and adopt curricula that focus more and more on prepping students for standardized assessments, Candace Costa has helped pioneer a noteworthy way to sustain music instruction, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Private sector workers tighten belts, public employees ponder
It is all too common to think of layoffs and reduction in staff as a way to respond to the call from senior management to tighten belts.
After all, despite the need to tighten belts, much time and money are required to come up with that elusive hit.