To encircle with, or as with, a belt; to encompass; to surround. "A coarse black robe belted round the waist." (C. Reade) "They belt him round with hearts undaunted." (Wordsworth)
2. To shear, as the buttocks and tails of sheep.
Origin: Belted; Belting.
1. That which engirdles a person or thing; a band or girdle; as, a lady's belt; a sword belt. "The shining belt with gold inlaid." (Dryden)
2. That which restrains or confines as a girdle. "He cannot buckle his distempered cause Within the belt of rule." (Shak)
3. Anything that resembles a belt, or that encircles or crosses like a belt; a strip or stripe; as, a belt of trees; a belt of sand.
4. Same as Band. A very broad band is more properly termed a belt.
5. <astronomy> One of certain girdles or zones on the surface of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, supposed to be of the nature of clouds.
6. <geography> A narrow passage or strait; as, the Great Belt and the Lesser Belt, leading to the Baltic Sea.
7. A token or badge of knightly rank.
8. <mechanics> A band of leather, or other flexible substance, passing around two wheels, and communicating motion from one to the other.
9. A band or stripe, as of colour, round any organ; or any circular ridge or series of ridges. Belt lacing, thongs used for lacing together the ends of machine belting.
See: Illust. Of Pulley.
(01 Mar 1998)