Gird

Definition of Gird

Pronunciation: gẽrd
n.1.A stroke with a rod or switch; a severe spasm; a twinge; a pang.
Conscience . . . is freed from many fearful girds and twinges which the atheist feels.
- Tillotson.
2.A cut; a sarcastic remark; a gibe; a sneer.
I thank thee for that gird, good Tranio.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To strike; to smite.
To slay him and to girden off his head.
- Chaucer.
2.To sneer at; to mock; to gibe.
Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To gibe; to sneer; to break a scornful jest; to utter severe sarcasms.
Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To encircle or bind with any flexible band.
[imp. & p. p. Girt or Girded; p. pr. & vb. n. Girding.]
2.To make fast, as clothing, by binding with a cord, girdle, bandage, etc.
3.To surround; to encircle, or encompass.
That Nyseian isle,
Girt with the River Triton.
- Milton.
4.To clothe; to swathe; to invest.
I girded thee about with fine linen.
- Ezek. xvi. 10.
The Son . . . appeared
Girt with omnipotence.
- Milton.
5.To prepare; to make ready; to equip; as, to gird one's self for a contest.
Thou hast girded me with strength.
- Ps. xviii. 39.
To gird on
to put on; to fasten around or to one securely, like a girdle; as, to gird on armor or a sword.
Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.
- 1 Kings xx. 11.
He girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab.
- 1 Kings xviii. 46.
Gird up the loins of your mind.
- 1 Pet. i. 13.

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