Gird

Gird

(grd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Girt (?) or Girded; p. pr. & vb. n. Girding.] [OE. girden, gurden, AS. gyrdan; akin to OS. gurdian, D. gorden, OHG. gurten, G. grten, Icel. gyra, Sw. gjorda, Dan. giorde, Goth. bigardan to begird, and prob. to E. yard an inclosure. Cf. Girth, n. & v., Girt, v. t.] 1. To encircle or bind with any flexible band.
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2. To make fast, as clothing, by binding with a cord, girdle, bandage, etc.
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3. To surround; to encircle, or encompass.
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That Nyseian isle,
Girt with the River Triton.
Milton.
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4. To clothe; to swathe; to invest.
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I girded thee about with fine linen.
Ezek. xvi. 10.
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The Son . . . appeared
Girt with omnipotence.
Milton.
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5. To prepare; to make ready; to equip; as, to gird one's self for a contest.
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Thou hast girded me with strength.
Ps. xviii. 39.
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To gird on, to put on; to fasten around or to one securely, like a girdle; as, to gird on armor or a sword.
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Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.
1 Kings xx. 11.

-- To gird up, to bind tightly with a girdle; to support and strengthen, as with a girdle.
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He girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab.
1 Kings xviii. 46.
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Gird up the loins of your mind.
1 Pet. i. 13.

-- Girt up; prepared or equipped, as for a journey or for work, in allusion to the ancient custom of gathering the long flowing garments into the girdle and tightening it before any exertion; hence, adjectively, eagerly or constantly active; strenuous; striving. "A severer, more girt-up way of living." J. C. Shairp.
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