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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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"David Cameron says the public sector should tighten belts and come clean where taxpayers' money is spent.
As food manufacturers continue to cut costs and tighten belts, many are evaluating the possible acquisition of used equipment to determine the true value of such a purchase.
Everyone is trying to pinch pennies and tighten belts, although if you ate as much as me in December that one's a tough cookie to crack...
Public sector bodies across Europe have especially had to tighten belts and some in the UK have called on the government to continue to press suppliers for cheaper deals and extended payment times,EoACA[yen] she says.
With retirement savings still looking shaky, banks still reluctant to give loans and employers continuing to tighten belts and lay off workers, it's essential that we all start saving.
Fayyad said that he was confident of continued Arab support and at the same time said that the difficult financial situation was a good opportunity to, "tighten belts and to start implementing measures that will enable self-reliance." Fayyad pledged not to take austerity measures in the economy and said that he was keen for any belt-tightening to have a limited effect.
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. Overall sales fell to [pounds sterling]168.1m ([euro]190.6m) down 5.8% from [pounds sterling]178.5m ([euro]202.4m) last year.