Waist (?), n. [OE. wast; originally, growth, akin to AS. weaxan to grow; cf. AS. waestm growth. See Wax to grow.]
That part of the human body which is immediately below the ribs or thorax; the small part of the body between the thorax and hips.
I am in the waist two yards about.
Hence, the middle part of other bodies; especially Naut., that part of a vessel's deck, bulwarks, etc., which is between the quarter-deck and the forecastle; the middle part of the ship.
A garment, or part of a garment, which covers the body from the neck or shoulders to the waist line.
A girdle or belt for the waist.
Waist anchor. See Sheet anchor, 1, in the Vocabulary.
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