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girth

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Definition the distance around something such as a body or a tree

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a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
  • measure abdominal girth
  • stopped to tighten a slipping saddle girth
  • horse has a 76 inch girth
  • Then Athena, standing by, filled out his limbs again, gave girth and stature to the old field captain fresh from the bathing place.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • But presently the traveller's horse sank in up to the girths, and he observed to the boy, "I thought you said that this bog had a hard bottom."
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • A fudge-colored lady of majestic heft and girth squeezed into the seat beside me, filling the ambient space with the aroma of heliotrope.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Shun the water holeTighten saddle-girth!
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Hurriedly he strapped on the saddle-bags, gave quick glance to girths and cinches and stirrups, then leaped astride.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • He saw the village; he was seen coming bending forward upon his horse, belabouring it with great blows, the girths dripping with blood.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • On such a big ship-and his right hand poked the whistle into the girth of the steward-the little boy might have been lost.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • It tickles my girths, and, besides, I can't see with my head on the ground."
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • Ahead of her, a milkman had got down from his cart to tighten the girth straps of his horse.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Grogan became a pathologist, famous as a teacher in his own right, and famous for his extraordinary girth.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • She eyed his muscles, his height, his girth—all strength stolen from the dead Champions.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Lynch smote himself sonorously on the chest and said: —Who has anything to say about my girth?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Catching Max's eye, he puffed out his cheeks to mock Mr. McDaniels's girth.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • A huge man was next to him, more fat than muscle, his girth barely contained between the arms of the white plastic chair he sat in.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Mum Olga puffed up to her full height and girth.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Shefford loosened the saddle-girths on Nack-yal and, leaving him to graze, went toward the hogan of Hosteen Doetin.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • The girth of the largest Eldunari was so immense, the metal-bodied dragon was unable to wrap his arms all the way around it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance

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