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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Girdle \Gir"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Girdled; p. pr. & vb. n. Girdling.] 1. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To inclose; to environ; to shut in. [1913 Webster] Those sleeping stones, That as a waist doth girdle you about. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To make a cut or gnaw a groove around (a tree, etc.) through the bark and alburnum, thus killing it. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]