Gar"ter (?), n. [OE. gartier, F. jarretiere, fr. OF. garet bend of the knee, F. jarret; akin to Sp. garra claw, Prov. garra leg. See Garrote.]

1.

A band used to prevent a stocking from slipping down on the leg.

2.

The distinguishing badge of the highest order of knighthood in Great Britain, called the Order of the Garter, instituted by Edward III.; also, the Order itself.

3. Her.

Same as Bendlet.

Garter fish Zool., a fish of the genus Lepidopus, having a long, flat body, like the blade of a sword; the scabbard fish. -- Garter king-at-arms, the chief of the official heralds of England, king-at-arms to the Order of the Garter; -- often abbreviated to Garter. -- Garter snake Zool., one of several harmless American snakes of the genus Eutaenia, of several species (esp. E. saurita and E. sirtalis); one of the striped snakes; -- so called from its conspicuous stripes of color.

 

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Gar"ter (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gartered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Gartering.]

1.

To bind with a garter.

He . . . could not see to garter his hose. Shak.

2.

To invest with the Order of the Garter.

T. Warton.

 

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