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Other Waist Definition

[n] the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
[n] the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips

Synonyms

shank, waistline

Misc. Definitions

\Waist\, n. [OE. wast; originally, growth, akin to AS. weaxan to grow; cf. AS. w[ae]stm growth. See {Wax} to grow.]
1. That part of the human body which is immediately below the ribs or thorax; the small part of the body between the thorax and hips. --Chaucer. I am in the waist two yards about. --Shak.
2. Hence, the middle part of other bodies; especially (Naut.), that part of a vessel's deck, bulwarks, etc., which is between the quarter-deck and the forecastle; the middle part of the ship.
3. A garment, or part of a garment, which covers the body from the neck or shoulders to the waist line.
4. A girdle or belt for the waist. [Obs.] --Shak. {Waist anchor}. See {Sheet anchor}, 1, in the Vocabulary.

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