Meaning of BELT in English

BELT

/ belt; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

a long narrow piece of leather, cloth, etc. that you wear around the waist :

to do up / fasten / tighten a belt

a belt buckle

—see also black belt , lifebelt , seat belt , suspender belt

2.

a continuous band of material that moves round and is used to carry things along or to drive machinery

—see also conveyor belt , fan belt

3.

an area with particular characteristics or where a particular group of people live :

the country's corn / industrial belt

We live in the commuter belt .

a belt of rain moving across the country

—see also green belt

4.

( informal ) an act of hitting sth/sb hard :

She gave the ball a terrific belt.

IDIOMS

- below the belt

- belt and braces

- have sth under your belt

—more at tighten

■ verb

1.

[ vn ] ( informal ) to hit sb/sth hard :

He belted the ball right out of the park.

I'll belt you if you do that again.

2.

[ v + adv. / prep. ] ( informal , especially BrE ) to move very fast

SYN tear :

A truck came belting up behind us.

3.

[ vn ] to fasten a belt around sth :

The dress was belted at the waist.

PHRASAL VERBS

- belt sth out

- belt up

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English , of Germanic origin, from Latin balteus girdle.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.