Meaning of BELT in English


I. ˈbelt noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German balz belt; both from Latin balteus belt

Date: before 12th century


a. : a strip of flexible material worn especially around the waist as an item of clothing or a means of carrying something (as tools)

b. : a similar article worn as a corset or for protection or safety or as a symbol of distinction

2. : a continuous band of tough flexible material for transmitting motion and power or conveying materials


a. : an area characterized by some distinctive feature (as of culture, habitation, geology, or life forms) ; especially : one suited to a particular crop

the corn belt

b. : asteroid belt

4. : beltway 1

• belt·ed ˈbel-təd adjective

• belt·less ˈbelt-ləs adjective

- below the belt

- under one's belt

II. verb

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


a. : to encircle or fasten with a belt

b. : to strap on


a. : to beat with or as if with a belt : thrash

b. : strike , hit

3. : to mark with a band

4. : to sing in a forceful manner or style

belt ing out popular songs

5. : to drink quickly

belt ed down a shot of whisky

intransitive verb

1. : to move or act in a speedy, vigorous, or violent manner

2. : to sing loudly

III. noun

Date: 1899

1. : a jarring blow : whack

2. : drink

a belt of gin

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.