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Meaning of cincture

cinc•ture

Pronunciation: (singk'chur), [key]
— n., v., -tured, -tur•ing.
—n.
  1. a belt or girdle.
  2. something that surrounds or encompasses as a girdle does; a surrounding border: The midnight sky had a cincture of stars.
  3. (on a classical column) a fillet at either end of a shaft, esp. one at the lower end. Cf. orle (def. 3b).
  4. the act of girding or encompassing.
—v.t.
  1. to gird with or as if with a cincture; encircle; encompass.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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