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Waist, 1) the small part of the human body between the thorax and hips: Lucr. 6. Wiv. I, 3, 46. Ado III, 2, 35. LLL IV, 1, 49. LLL IV, 1, 49 IV, 3, 185. H4A II, 4, 364. H4B I, 2, 162. Hml. II, 2, 236. Lr. IV, 6, 126. In Troil. II, 2, 30 and Hml. I, 2, 198 O. Edd. waste, most M. Edd. waist.
2) that which is worn round the waist, a girdle: “his neck will come to your w., a cord, sir,” Meas. III, 2, 42 (i. e. he will be hanged. Elbow's speech). “those sleeping stones, that as a w. doth girdle you about,” John II, 217. “the noble Talbot, who now is girdled with a w. of iron and hemmed about with grim destruction,” H6A IV, 3, 20.
3) the middle part of a ship: “now on the beak, now in the w., the deck,” Tp. I, 2, 197.
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