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Princeton's WordNet

  1. waist, waistline(noun)

    the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips

  2. shank, waist(noun)

    the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole


  1. waist(Noun)

    The part of the body between the pelvis and the stomach.

  2. waist(Noun)

    A part of a piece of clothing that covers the waist.

  3. waist(Noun)

    The narrow connection between the thorax and abdomen in certain insects (e.g., bees, ants and wasps).

  4. waist(Noun)

    The middle portion of the hull of a ship or the fuselage of an aircraft.

  5. waist(Noun)

    That part of the upper deck of a ship between the quarterdeck and the forecastle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Waist(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. wast; originally, growth, akin to AS. weaxan to grow; cf. AS. wstm growth. See Wax to grow.]

  2. Waist(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. wast; originally, growth, akin to AS. weaxan to grow; cf. AS. wstm growth. See Wax to grow.]

  3. Waist(noun)

    a garment, or part of a garment, which covers the body from the neck or shoulders to the waist line

    Etymology: [OE. wast; originally, growth, akin to AS. weaxan to grow; cf. AS. wstm growth. See Wax to grow.]

  4. Waist(noun)

    a girdle or belt for the waist

    Etymology: [OE. wast; originally, growth, akin to AS. weaxan to grow; cf. AS. wstm growth. See Wax to grow.]


  1. Waist

    The waist is the part of the abdomen between the rib cage and hips. On proportionate people, the waist is the narrowest part of the torso. The waistline refers to the horizontal line where the waist is narrowest, or to the general appearance of the waist. People who diet are often said to be trying to "improve" their waistline. Women tend to have narrower waists than men.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Waist

    wāst, n. the smallest part of the human trunk, between the ribs and the hips: the bodice of a woman's dress: the middle part, as of a ship, of a musical instrument—(Shak.) of a period of time; (Shak.) something that surrounds.—ns. Waist′-anchor, an anchor stowed in the waist of a ship; Waist′band, the band or part of a garment which encircles the waist; Waist′belt, a belt for the waist; Waist′boat, a boat carried in the waist of a vessel; Waist′cloth, a piece of cloth worn around the waist, and hanging below it, in India; Waist′coat, a short coat worn immediately under the coat, and fitting the waist tightly; Waistcoateer′ (obs.), a strumpet; Waist′coating, material for men's waistcoats, usually of a fancy pattern and containing silk.—adjs. Waist′-deep, -high, as deep, high, as to reach up to the waist.—n. Waist′er, a green-hand on a whaler: an old man-of-war's-man who has not risen. [A.S. w?xt, growth (Ice. v?xtr); conn, with w?stme, growth, weaxen, to grow.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. waist

    That portion of the main deck of a ship of war, contained between the fore and main hatchways, or between the half-deck and galley.

Editors Contribution

  1. waist

    An element of the human body linking the hips and ribs.

    My waist is in proportion to the rest of my body.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 2, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'waist' in Nouns Frequency: #2350

Anagrams for waist »

  1. waits

  2. Swati

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of waist in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of waist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of waist in a Sentence

  1. E. Joseph Crossman:

    Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.

  2. Jean Lorrain:

    Polaire! The agitating and agitated Polaire! The tiny slip of a woman that you know, with the waist slender to the point of pain, of screaming out loud, of breaking in two, in a spasmically tight bodice, the prettiest slimness ...

  3. John Quinlan (wrestler):

    I have 20" arms and a 30" waist

  4. Grant Wilson:

    The idea of a night roll is that by wearing it around your waist, it fills in the gap between your hips and your rib cage, and therefore keeps the natural curves in your back and in your spine.

  5. Kensington Palace:

    The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasizes the slender sculpted waist, the lines of the dress extend toward the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.

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