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Cincture  n.  
A belt, a girdle, or something worn round the body, as by an ecclesiastic for confining the alb.
That which encompasses or incloses; an inclosure. "Within the cincture of one wall."
(Arch.) The fillet, listel, or band next to the apophyge at the extremity of the shaft of a column.

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"Cincture" Quotes from Famous Books

... arena six combatants: Niger and his net, matched against Sporus with his shield and his short broad-sword; Lydon and Tetraides, naked save by a cincture round the waist, each armed only with a heavy Greek cestus; and two gladiators from Rome, clad in complete steel, and evenly matched with immense ...
— The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VI (of X)—Great Britain and Ireland IV • Various

... and the stony Passeyrthal make a strong curve on two sides as they descend upon it with their rivers, and the bosom of the city projects, while the head appears bending gracefully backward. Many castles are in view of it; the loud and tameless Passeyr girdles it with an emerald cincture; there is a sea of arched vineyard ...
— The Shaving of Shagpat • George Meredith

... immortalize in marble an Antinous, a Hylas, a Daphnis, or an Apollo. The women are as beautiful as the men are handsome. They have clear ebon skins, not coal-black, but of an inky hue. Their ornaments consist of spiral rings of brass pendent from the ears, brass ring collars about the necks, and a spiral cincture of brass wire about their loins for the purpose of retaining their calf and goat skins, which are folded about their bodies, and, depending from the shoulder, shade one half of the bosom, and ...
— How I Found Livingstone • Sir Henry M. Stanley

Words linked to "Cincture" :   band, sash, waistcloth, girdle, waistband

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