From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Girdle \Gir"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Girdled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   1. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird. --Shak.
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   2. To inclose; to environ; to shut in.
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            Those sleeping stones,
            That as a waist doth girdle you about. --Shak.
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   3. To make a cut or gnaw a groove around (a tree, etc.)
      through the bark and alburnum, thus killing it. [U. S.]
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