Meaning of BELT in English


I. ˈbelt noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German balz belt, Old Norse belti; all from a prehistoric Germanic word borrowed from Latin balteus girdle, belt


a. : a strip of flexible material (as leather, plastic, cloth) used in a circular form with or without a buckle or other closing and for wear generally around the waist (as a support for trousers, a decoration for dresses, or a means of carrying weapons, tools, or ornaments)

sword belt

b. : a similar article worn as a corset or as a protection for the body (as a medical bandage or support) or for safety (as by airplane passengers or telephone linemen)

c. : a mark or symbol of distinction in the form of a belt

the championship belt of heavyweight boxing

2. : a continuous band of tough flexible material (as leather, rubber, fabric, wire) for transmitting motion and power from one pulley to another or for conveying materials — see chain belt illustration


a. : an area distinctively characterized by its species or forms of life

a pine belt

a forest belt

b. : an elongated area characterized by some particular geologic feature or ocurrence and generally not so extensive as a zone

mountain belt

belt of volcanoes

coal belt

oil belt

c. : a region marked by the prevalence of some type of inhabitant or noteworthy condition

the goiter belt

the vacationland belt

4. : a horizontal band of brick or stone running across a face of a masonry wall or pier


[Danish bælt: akin to Middle High German Belte meer Baltic sea]

: a strait leading to the Baltic sea

6. : one of several roads or routes arranged concentrically : belt highway

- below the belt

- under one's belt

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English belten, from belt, n.

transitive verb


a. : to encircle, girdle, or fasten with a belt

a cord belting a gown

paraphernalia belted together

b. : to gird on

belt on a gun and ammunition

c. : to invest (a person) with a distinction or title

belt a squire with the rank of knight


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

b. : to strike vigorously : hit

belt a person in the jaw

— often used with out

belting out a triple

3. : to mark with or as if with a band

all equipment to be sold was belted in green

belted with a shining porch of enormous pillars — Robinson Jeffers

specifically : girdle 3a

belt a tree

4. : to sing in a very loud forceful manner or style

the hoydenish numbers are belted across effectively — Bill Simon

— usually used with out

belt out a high note

intransitive verb

: to move, act, or perform in a vigorous or violent manner

belt along in a car

waves belting over a ship

III. noun

( -s )

1. : a jarring blow : jolt , whack

gave the ball a terrific belt

a belt of lightning

2. slang : a strong emotional reaction

get a terrific belt out of this tale — New Republic

IV. intransitive verb

( -s )

: to sing loudly

• bel·ter noun

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