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belt loop (=a loop of material for holding a belt on trousers etc)
black belt
▪ Sandy’s a black belt in judo.
commuter belt
conveyor belt
▪ We lifted our baggage from the conveyor belt.
fan belt
garter belt
green belt
life belt
money belt
safety belt
seat belt
suspender belt
wear a seat belt (=have it around yourself)
▪ Even the hipsters - a purple and blue check, with a wide black plastic belt - had been preserved.
▪ The general then went on to learn Shotokan karate and gained a black belt in the art.
▪ Taking any test requires commitment; the black belt test takes the most commitment of all.
▪ She had successfully gained her own black belt four years previously.
▪ Taekwondo black belt: the gold bars distinguish rank.
▪ Mr Iqbal, 37, was a black belt judo expert but he was no match for Vernage's knife.
▪ As soon as she winds her black belt around her waist, however, her personality undergoes a remarkable change.
▪ In the meantime proposals have been submitted for private-sector mini New Towns in the green belt around London and beyond.
▪ The green belt policy commands even wider support today than it did in the 1950s.
▪ In terms of the aims set out in 1955, it can be said that green belt policies have been fairly successful.
▪ The population growth study took into account both accessibility and the impact of planning policies, including constraints such as green belts.
▪ In response to such criticisms, many feel that a more flexible approach to green belts is required.
▪ It would affect the character of the green belt.
▪ But I regret that nowhere has any formal green belt as yet been proposed.
▪ The second-years wear blue dresses and white belts.
▪ Hard slides from guys in plaid pants, white belts and knit shirts the color of baby cheeks.
▪ You will have to wear an identifying red or white belt either in place of your normal grade belt or in addition to it.
▪ Once the preserve of the white Bible belt, today's country speaks to rap-weary black audiences.
▪ She was wearing a white dress with big navy-blue spots and a tight white belt.
▪ Even the hipsters - a purple and blue check, with a wide black plastic belt - had been preserved.
▪ Today Astrid wore a white satiny dress with a wide gold cinch belt.
▪ This wide coastal belt is a generally flat plain, only partially wooded, containing little building stone.
▪ I clicked the lever over to anchor the shoulder straps to the wide lap belt.
▪ It has a shawl collar, wide belt and cuffed hemline.
▪ She had tinted blond hair, large glasses, a blue dress cinched at the waist by a wide glossy belt.
▪ The wide belt of dune-land with its hummocks and scrubby grass growing out of the sand was deserted at that hour.
▪ A wide belt publicizes a big gut, so keep that it mind.
▪ We do it now on a small scale to bring the rocks into Earth orbit from the asteroid belt.
▪ All but one of these orbit in the asteroid belt, safely beyond the orbit of Mars.
▪ Most meteorites are thought to come from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
▪ For operations in the region of space from Earth out to the asteroid belt, we need only extract water.
▪ Closed in on herself, Jezrael felt only apathy during the flight to Spiderglass guard-school, hidden out in the asteroid belt.
▪ The asteroid belt is broadly zoned into bands of different classes of asteroids.
▪ Their utility in servicing traffic from Earth to the asteroid belt is, however, dubious.
▪ But some, including Eros, wander out of the asteroid belt and into the inner solar system during each orbit.
▪ And the belt buckle for every word wrong.
▪ Top competitors will gallop away with gleaming belt buckles and up to $ 2, 500 in prize money.
▪ Even the car keys or a belt buckle may upset things if placed too close.
▪ My belt buckle was covered with green tape.
▪ His belt buckle was digging into the soft skin of her stomach and she moved agitatedly, unconsciously provocative.
▪ He wears Route 66 suspenders and a big Route 66 belt buckle.
▪ Done with a belt buckle mostly.
▪ His thumb rubbed sensuously along the swollen lower lip while his other hand undid his belt buckle.
▪ But of course they did not circulate beyond the commuter belt, so they failed to qualify as nationals on that ground.
▪ Then another train towards the Kent commuter belt, and Dartford.
▪ It was a happy debut for the latest model to drop off the fast-bowling conveyor belt.
▪ Between each row of operators, a conveyor belt delivers brightly colored trays of material to each work station.
▪ The machine works by shining a light on subjects placed on its conveyor belt and the area of the shadow is measured.
▪ Hess then proceeded to describe the ocean floor as if it were a collection of giant conveyor belts.
▪ A conveyor belt brings you the latest catch, which you then gut, clean and pack for freezing.
▪ Sharks of modern type replace their worn teeth with new ones by a sort of conveyor belt system.
▪ On to one conveyor belt go cans and plastic bottles.
▪ And at precisely twelve o'clock the fan belt broke.
▪ My car threw a fan belt at a gas station a few weeks ago.
▪ Each is driven by an electric fan belt.
▪ Nuts, bolts, a broken fan belt dropped from the engine.
▪ She'd stripped to her stockings and garter belt, and carried a high stool centre stage.
▪ He was removing his thick leather belt with one hand and struggling with one of her buttons.
▪ The two sets of pulleys were tied together by a single, long leather belt.
▪ Inside were a dozen or so leather belts, each with small loops attached.
▪ It was the practice to walk out of a Sunday with the braided leather belt showing just below your waistcoat.
▪ A king's ransom in a leather belt.
▪ She always had on a brown cotton smock which was pinched in around the waist with a wide leather belt.
▪ He had heavy army trousers held up with a huge leather belt and a thick army shirt.
▪ She defined the waist with a wide black leather belt, studded with silver.
▪ Jimmy went back to his conversation with the tattooed man, his thumb now resting casually in Sean's belt loop.
▪ He had a wrench hanging from his belt loop.
▪ B Fashionable trousers with inverted front pleats, belt loops and turn-ups.
▪ They also pack away neatly into their own back pocket, with a small belt loop attached - a nice touch.
▪ His envelope and money belt are with the runner who got away.
▪ Then he loosens Dixie's money belt.
▪ Further down, he found a heavy money belt.
▪ Such mountain belts develop when the oceanic lithosphere originally lying between two continents is eventually consumed.
▪ As the microcontinents collided, they piled up the sedimentary rock along their shores into mountain belts.
▪ Where two continents collide neither experiences significant subduction but some crustal thickening occurs and a mountain belt is formed.
▪ These mountain belts are known as the mid-ocean ridges.
▪ The proto-Pangaean continents left a record of their existence in the mountain belts built by their collisions.
▪ Where they scrape against one another, earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain belts and all manner of geological phenomena arise.
▪ The plaintiff scaffolder was injured when he fell and was not wearing a safety belt.
▪ I release my safety belt to hold you, dangerous ground, ground where my feet have wings of flame.
▪ When the accident occurred he was not wearing a safety belt.
▪ I always buckled my safety belt and drove below the speed limit, stopping for school buses, pulling over for sirens.
▪ The gunman managed to unbuckle his safety belt and struggled to push open the passenger door.
▪ His injuries were worse than they would have been if he had been wearing a seat belt.
▪ Eventually the captain turned off the seat belt sign.
▪ He and Massingham unclasped their seat belts and clambered to earth.
▪ Blomquist also considered the possibility that the driver finds use of the seat belt disagreeable.
▪ In a month-long seat belt campaign during 1992, this group received special mention and considerable media attention.
▪ Heavier passengers will cause greater injury to others in an accident if they are not wearing a seat belt.
▪ Another survivor of seat belt neglect.
▪ The suspender belt was tight around her waist.
▪ It could be worn with the sword belt on the outside; and the either the forage or the field headgear.
▪ He purchased a ceremonial naval uniform, complete with sword belt, sword, and Colt. 45 pistol.
▪ He unbuckled his sword belt, then unlaced his jerkin and began to slip it over his head.
▪ He tossed his sword belt to Yuan and walked out into the companionway.
▪ Pattern for the side vents of the 1895 coat, which unbuttoned to allow use of the sword belt.
▪ He had left his sword belt and dagger in the tavern.
▪ Its president had a bleeper attached to her belt.
▪ Underneath, attached to his plaid belt, was a small tape recorder.
▪ All the adjustable wrenches and keys he was likely to need were already attached to the belt of his suit.
▪ Can you be electrocuted when miso soup oozes into a pager attached to your belt?
▪ Slipping the garment over her naked shoulders, she pulled it around herself and fastened the belt.
▪ But despite their different backgrounds, all the men meticulously fasten their seat belts before each journey.
▪ Then, very slowly, Mr Evans fastened his belt round his trousers ... He prayed for Nick that night.
▪ Newman boarded the aircraft for Brussels at London Airport, fastened his seat belt.
▪ Turns out that as a state we smoke less, fasten seat belts more and are actually thinner.
▪ He swung himself astride the dragon awkwardly, because Rincewind was hanging on to his belt.
▪ He had a wrench hanging from his belt loop.
▪ Everything imaginable seemed to be hanging from his belt.
▪ His belly hangs over his belt.
▪ Me dad had hit us with a belt, that's why I ended up in a home.
▪ Whichever camp you are in, the same celestial advice will apply - hit below the belt.
▪ The harsh years of the Depression were causing everyone to tighten their belts.
▪ Others will tighten their belts, downscale their programs, sell more t-shirts and look for local sources of revenue.
▪ Fasten the buckle and tighten the hip belt, then adjust the shoulder slings and lift-straps so that the load is comfortable.
▪ Let them tighten their belts like we have to.
▪ Buckingham Palace said Di wanted to tighten her belt along with everyone else.
▪ In theory children over the age of 12 months could just use an adult seat belt.
▪ Some foreign automakers also use the looser belts.
▪ I wish to heavens I was still allowed to use the birch and belt as I did in the good old days!
▪ The basic idea was that using the seat belt takes time, to which the driver attaches a value.
▪ Three: portly old men should use belt and braces, in case their trousers burst open; the belt hides the disaster.
▪ She has used a belt to do it.
▪ Children who are 4 or over should use an adult seat belt if available.
▪ It was easy to handle and fired 7. 62 ammo and had the capability of using a belt of ammo.
▪ At the time of the accident the plaintiff was not wearing a seat belt.
▪ And, she does not force her children to wear seat belts.
▪ His injuries were worse than they would have been if he had been wearing a seat belt.
▪ The plaintiff scaffolder was injured when he fell and was not wearing a safety belt.
▪ Probably that is why these earliest youths wear a belt.
▪ The plaintiff would have suffered the injuries even if he had been wearing a belt.
▪ Despite the fact he was wearing his seat belt he was hurled forward.
tighten your belt
▪ Colleges have tightened their belts and are giving fewer scholarships than before.
▪ Governments and companies are forced to tighten their belts during a recession.
▪ Most people have to tighten their belts a little when they retire.
▪ Let them tighten their belts like we have to.
▪ Others will tighten their belts, downscale their programs, sell more t-shirts and look for local sources of revenue.
▪ The harsh years of the Depression were causing everyone to tighten their belts.
▪ The pump belt was loose.
▪ the sun belt states
▪ B Fashionable trousers with inverted front pleats, belt loops and turn-ups.
▪ Grover loosened his belt a notch.
▪ He took his belt off and started whacking Chrissie with it.
▪ Instead, students who arrive on campus with some community college credits under their belt can graduate early.
▪ She rummaged around, hoping for inspiration, discarding brooches and beads and belts.
▪ The belt, like my bearskin necklace which I am wearing somewhat uncomfortably under my shirt, has spiritual value.
▪ The older men put up their swords and unbuckled their belts, preparing for action.
▪ Maggie just turned around and belted him.
▪ It is happy pottering through Sloane Square or belting around Silverstone.
▪ She'd kill him if he disobeyed and Nev's dad had threatened to belt him, if he went.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Belt \Belt\ (b[e^]lt), n. [AS. belt; akin to Icel. belti, Sw. b["a]lte, Dan. b[ae]lte, OHG. balz, L. balteus, Ir. & Gael. balt border, belt.]

  1. That which engirdles a person or thing; a band or girdle; as, a lady's belt; a sword belt.

    The shining belt with gold inlaid.

  2. That which restrains or confines as a girdle.

    He cannot buckle his distempered cause Within the belt of rule.

  3. Anything that resembles a belt, or that encircles or crosses like a belt; a strip or stripe; as, a belt of trees; a belt of sand.

  4. (Arch.) Same as Band, n., 2. A very broad band is more properly termed a belt.

  5. (Astron.) One of certain girdles or zones on the surface of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, supposed to be of the nature of clouds.

  6. (Geog.) A narrow passage or strait; as, the Great Belt and the Lesser Belt, leading to the Baltic Sea.

  7. (Her.) A token or badge of knightly rank.

  8. (Mech.) A band of leather, or other flexible substance, passing around two wheels, and communicating motion from one to the other.

    Note: [See Illust. of Pulley.]

  9. (Nat. Hist.) A band or stripe, as of color, round any organ; or any circular ridge or series of ridges.

    Belt lacing, thongs used for lacing together the ends of machine belting.


Belt \Belt\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Belted; p. pr. & vb. n. Belting.] To encircle with, or as with, a belt; to encompass; to surround.

A coarse black robe belted round the waist.
--C. Reade.

They belt him round with hearts undaunted.

2. To shear, as the buttocks and tails of sheep. [Prov. Eng.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English belt "belt, girdle," from Proto-Germanic *baltjaz (cognates: Old High German balz, Old Norse balti, Swedish bälte), an early Germanic borrowing from Latin balteus "girdle, sword belt," said by Varro to be an Etruscan word.\n

\nAs a mark of rank or distinction, mid-14c.; references to boxing championship belts date from 1812. Mechanical sense is from 1795. Transferred sense of "broad stripe encircling something" is from 1660s. Below the belt "unfair" (1889) is from pugilism. To get something under (one's) belt is to get it into one's stomach. To tighten (one's) belt "endure privation" is from 1887.


early 14c., "to fasten or gird with a belt," from belt (n.). Meaning "to thrash as with a belt" is 1640s; general sense of "to hit, thrash" is attested from 1838. Colloquial meaning "to sing or speak vigorously" is from 1949. Related: Belted; belting. Hence (from the "thrash with a belt" sense) the noun meaning "a blow or stroke" (1899).


n. 1 A band worn around the waist to hold clothing to one's body (usually pants), hold weapons (such as a gun or sword), or serve as a decorative piece of clothing. 2 A band used as a restraint for safety purposes, such as a seat belt. 3 A band that is used in a machine to help transfer motion or power. 4 Anything that resembles a belt, or that encircles or crosses like a belt; a strip or stripe. 5 (context astronomy English) A collection of rocky-constituted bodies (such as asteroids) which orbit a star. 6 (context astronomy English) One of certain girdles or zones on the surface of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, supposed to be of the nature of clouds. 7 A powerful blow, often made with a fist or heavy object. 8 A quick drink of liquor. 9 (context usually capitalized English) A geographical region known for a particular product, feature or demographic (''Corn Belt'', ''Bible Belt'', ''Black Belt'', ''Green Belt''). 10 (context baseball English) The part of the strike zone at the height of the batter's waist. 11 (context weapons English) device that holds and feeds cartridges into a belt-fed weapon vb. 1 (context transitive English) To encircle. 2 (context transitive English) To fasten a belt. 3 (context transitive English) To hit with a belt. 4 (context transitive English) and intransitive To scream or sing in a loud manner. 5 (context transitive English) To drink quickly, often in gulps. 6 (context transitive slang English) To hit someone or something. 7 (context transitive baseball English) To hit a pitched ball a long distance, usually for a home run. 8 (context intransitive English) To move very fast

  1. n. endless loop of flexible material between two rotating shafts or pulleys

  2. a band to tie or buckle around the body (usually at the waist)

  3. an elongated region where a specific condition is found; "a belt of high pressure"

  4. a vigorous blow; "the sudden knock floored him"; "he took a bash right in his face"; "he got a bang on the head" [syn: knock, bash, bang, smash]

  5. a path or strip (as cut by one course of mowing) [syn: swath]

  6. the act of hitting vigorously; "he gave the table a whack" [syn: knock, rap, whack, whang]

  1. v. sing loudly and forcefully [syn: belt out]

  2. deliver a blow to; "He belted his opponent"

  3. fasten with a belt; "belt your trousers" [ant: unbelt]

Belt, MT -- U.S. city in Montana
Population (2000): 633
Housing Units (2000): 295
Land area (2000): 0.337242 sq. miles (0.873452 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.337242 sq. miles (0.873452 sq. km)
FIPS code: 05275
Located within: Montana (MT), FIPS 30
Location: 47.385935 N, 110.926587 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 59412
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Belt, MT
Belt (clothing)

A belt is a flexible band or strap, typically made of leather or heavy cloth, and worn around the waist. A belt supports trousers or other articles of clothing.


Belt may refer to:

Belt (mechanical)

A belt is a loop of flexible material used to link two or more rotating shafts mechanically, most often parallel. Belts may be used as a source of motion, to transmit power efficiently, or to track relative movement. Belts are looped over pulleys and may have a twist between the pulleys, and the shafts need not be parallel. In a two pulley system, the belt can either drive the pulleys normally in one direction (the same if on parallel shafts), or the belt may be crossed, so that the direction of the driven shaft is reversed (the opposite direction to the driver if on parallel shafts). As a source of motion, a conveyor belt is one application where the belt is adapted to carry a load continuously between two points.

Belt (firearms)
"Shot belt" or "ammunition belt" can also refer to a belt that a person wears, with loops for inserting ammunition cartridges.

A belt or ammunition belt is a device used to retain and feed cartridges into a firearm. Belts and the associated feed systems are typically employed to feed machine guns or other automatic weapons. Belt-fed systems minimize the proportional weight of the ammunition to the feeding device along with allowing high rates of continuous fire.

Arguably, precursors to the belt-fed machine gun were the Cass rifle, patented in 1848, and the Treeby chain gun, patented in the 1850s. Belts were originally composed of canvas or cloth with pockets spaced evenly to allow the belt to be mechanically fed into the gun. These designs were prone to malfunctions due to the effects of oil and other contaminants altering the belt. Later belt designs used permanently connected metal links to retain the cartridges during feeding. These belts were more tolerant to exposure to solvents and oil. Many weapons designed to use non-disintegrating or canvas belts are provided with machines to automatically reload these belts with loose rounds or rounds held in stripper clips. In use during World War I, reloaders allowed ammunition belts to be recycled quickly to allow practically continuous fire.

Many modern ammunition belts use disintegrating links. Disintegrating links retain a single round and are articulated with the round ahead of it in the belt. When the round ahead is stripped from the belt and fed into the feed system or chamber, the link holding it is ejected and the link holding the following round is disarticulated.

Modern infantry machine guns often have feed systems allowing the use of linked ammunition or other forms of feed like magazines or drums. In some instances—like the FN MINIMI/ M249 SAW and the IMI Negev—the feed system requires no modification to fire with either mechanism. Other designs—like the Heckler and Koch HK21-based designs or MG34—require the exchange of modular parts to allow belt or alternate feeding. Due to the lack of protection provided by the belt, belt-fed infantry weapons typically use a flexible or rigid container to retain the belt on the weapon. In some designs—like the MG3—the belt container appears to be a magazine causing some confusion to people unfamiliar with the design. The capacity of belts and carriers is typically a function of weight and bulk. Their size is limited by caliber and the portability of the combined weapon and ammunition. The most common sizes typically carried on a man-portable weapon run from 50 to 300 rounds.

Usage examples of "belt".

I reached around and grabbed the belt and hissed as fabric abraided my skin.

Now it was a poster on the wall, an admonition to wear seat belts, that demanded her unwavering gaze.

Murphy ordered the engineer from aft, and in a few moments Jackson Vaughn appeared, hair soaked with sweat, coveralls stained with dirt, a Beretta 9-mm automatic stuffed into his belt.

Sparks toyed with the agates at his belt ends, striking them against his thigh like a whip, grimacing at each blow.

He carried a hand-blaster in a shiny white holster hanging from a white Sam Browne belt, a sparkling brass whistle was suspended from the lapel of his overcoat, and a scarlet and gold aiguillette was wrapped around his shoulder.

Seregil paid his price without quibbling and Maklin threw in a sword belt, showing Alec how to wrap it twice around his waist 63 and fix the lacings so that the blade hung at the proper angle against his left hip.

Behind him, Alec watched with alarm as the man stopped abruptly, then reached for the long knife at his belt.

He gave Alec his belt dagger and a small, razorlike blade from the neck of his cloak.

Dropping unceremoniously onto the bench beside Alec, he unhooked a cup from his belt and helped himself to the wine.

Holding the edge of the platform with one hand, Alec undid his belt with the other and worked the end of it back through the buckle.

Around the belt of the warm woolen dress she was wearing, a couple of little bags were tied, like the kind Anachronists wore with their medieval outfits.

I had worn during our visit to the Ancestress, and the silver belt with the jade trim and the gold-spattered fan.

Speed is controlled by increasing or diminishing the number of armature bearings in series with the accumulator--all of which is simply accomplished by a lever which the pilot moves from his position on deck where he ordinarily lies upon his stomach, his safety belt snapped to heavy rings in the deck.

Stewart, of the United States Irrigation Committee, stated that he had inspected nearly every irrigated region of the world, and knew of no place supplied by so vast a reservoir of water, with either the volume or the pressure of the artesian belt of Dakota.

Oresbius cinched with shining belt who had lived in Hyle hoarding his great wealth, his estate aslope the shores of Lake Cephisus, and round him Boeotians held the fertile plain.