1. The act of encircling or encompassing.
a. Something that encircles or surrounds.
b. A belt or sash, especially one worn with an ecclesiastical vestment or the habit of a monk or nun.
tr.v. cinc·tured, cinc·tur·ing, cinc·tures
To gird; encompass.
[Latin cīnctūra, from cīnctus, past participle of cingere, to gird; see kenk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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