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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
loin
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
rabbit
▪ To cook reserved rabbit loins, prepare a fire in a charcoal grill.
▪ Place rabbit loins down center of mold, then top with remaining meat mixture, filling terrine to top.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
gird (up) your loins
▪ I'm girding up my loins for battle on this tax issue.
▪ We're just unwinding before girding our loins for London.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Again he ran his gaze down his reflection from shoulder to loins.
▪ Chops from the loin are rib, loin, and butterfly.
▪ He goes steps up and it is too much good: his belly is fat and he empties his loins often.
▪ Place rabbit loins down center of mold, then top with remaining meat mixture, filling terrine to top.
▪ Roasts are center cut, blade or rib end, and sirloin loin.
▪ The trouble is, many of us don't come out of the loins of righteous people.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Loin

Loin \Loin\, n. [OE. loine, OF. logne, F. longe, from (assumed) LL. lumbea, L. lumbus join. Cf. Lends, Lumbar, Nombles.]

  1. That part of a human being or quadruped, which extends on either side of the spinal column between the hip bone and the false ribs. In human beings the loins are also called the reins. See Illust. of Beef.

  2. A cut of meat taken from this part of a food animal, as from cattle or hogs.

  3. pl. The pubic area; the genitalia, especially in women; as, receptive loins.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
loin

early 14c., "side of the body of an animal used for food," from Old French loigne "hip, haunch, lumbar region," from Vulgar Latin *lumbea, from *lumbea caro "meat of the loin," from fem. of *lumbeus, adjective used as a noun, from Latin lumbus "loin" (see lumbago).\n

\nReplaced Old English lendenu "loins," from Proto-Germanic *landwin- (cognates: German Lende "loin," Lenden "loins;" Old High German lenti, Old Saxon lendin, Middle Dutch lendine, Dutch lende, Old Norse lend).\n

\nThe Latin word perhaps was borrowed from a Germanic source. In reference to the living human body, it is attested from late 14c. In Biblical translations, often used for "that part of the body that should be covered and about which the clothes are bound" (1520s). Related: Loins.

Wiktionary
loin

n. 1 The part of the body (of humans and quadrupeds) at each side of the backbone, between the ribs and hips 2 Any of several cuts of meat taken from this part of an animal

WordNet
loin
  1. n. a cut of meat taken from the side and back of an animal between the ribs and the rump

  2. either side of the backbone between the hipbone and the ribs in humans as well as quadrupeds [syn: lumbus]

Wikipedia
Loin

The loins (or: lumbus) are the sides between the lower ribs and pelvis, and the lower part of the back. It is often used when describing the anatomy of humans and quadrupeds (such as horses, pigs or cattle). The anatomical reference also carries over into the description of cuts of meat from some such animals, e.g. tenderloin or sirloin steak.

Loin (film)

' Loin ' is a 2001 French-Spanish drama film directed by André Téchiné, starring Stephane Rideau, Lubna Azabal and Mohamed Hamaidi. The film, set in Tangier in a three-day period, tells the story of three young friends taking critical decisions about their uncertain future.

Usage examples of "loin".

Seitas had been preaching to the converted in all that she had saidabout a clean surgical abscission of what went on in the loins from what went on in the heart.

The dead man was not an Indian, but a black man, a brawny ebon giant, clad, like the red men, in a bark loin clout, with a crest of parrot feathers on his head.

Celles de Carnac ont ete portees, loin du village, dans une cabane qui sert de musee.

Enfin, ils virent de loin le toit de leur maison qui fumait dans le ciel assombri.

Squatting, crossed-legged, in the middle of this cushion was an extremely corpulent yellow man, who, except for the scarlet cincture about his loins, was clad entirely in jewelry jewels blazed from the rings which all but concealed his pudgy fingers and toes, and flashed from his golden anklets, bracelets, armlets, and necklaces.

Squatting, crossed-legged, in the middle of this cushion was an extremely corpulent yellow man, who, except for the scarlet cincture about his loins, was clad entirely in jewelry.

Two fistulae were found in the right loin, and were laid open into one canal, which, after partial resection of the 12th rib, was dilated and traced inward and upward, and found to be in connection with the stomach.

He felt a surge of lust, his loins engorged, and he was so overcome with wanting her that for a moment he could not move, could not even breathe.

It was a substance not only of the mind and spirit but of the very texture of the body, so that it seemed they had been begot from acid and envenomed loins, and nurtured all their lives on nameless and abominable rations.

Mars Invictus a special sacrifice, Lucullus girded his loins for the fray at dawn on the sixth day of Roman October.

He saw no sign of yielding in either face, girded his loins and went on.

He wanted to throw Tammy Buckwalter across the bar and show her what he was capable of, use the goatish power in his loins to put her in thrall to him.

He was habited in a long, closely-fitting robe of some coarse material, which had once been black, but was now faded and tarnished by time and exposure, and a hempen rope to keep it in place was girded about his loins.

He handed us over to a tall, very proud-looking African with a brightly coloured kikoi wrapped round his loins.

Loin de moi, corruptrices de ma foi, vous ne reposerez plus sur mon coeur.