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Definition of "waist" []

  • The part of the human trunk between the bottom of the rib cage and the pelvis. (noun)
  • The narrow part of the abdomen of an insect. (noun)
  • The part of a garment that encircles the waist of the body. (noun)
  • The upper part of a garment, extending from the shoulders to the waistline, especially the bodice of a woman's dress. (noun)
  • A blouse. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "waist" in a sentence
  • "The fiction of Richard Powers sometimes resembles a dying satyr — above the waist is a mind full of serious thought, philosophical reflection, deep exploration of music and science; below, a pair of spindly legs strain to support the great weight of the ambitious brain."
  • "The fit around the waist is a little weird, but not enough to be irritating."
  • ""The amount of effort to keep one's smiling head above water while churning prevails below the waist is apt indeed.""