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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Waist \Waist\, n. [OE. wast; originally, growth, akin to AS. weaxan to grow; cf. AS. w[ae]stm growth. See Wax to grow.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] I am in the waist two yards about. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] 3. A garment, or part of a garment, which covers the body from the neck or shoulders to the waist line. [1913 Webster] 4. A girdle or belt for the waist. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Waist anchor. See Sheet anchor, 1, in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster]