GIRD, noun gurd. [Eng. a yard.]
1. A twitch or pang; a sudden spasm, which resembles the stroke of a rod or the pressure of a band.
2. In popular language, a severe stroke of a stick or whip.
GIRD, verb transitive gurd. preterit tense and participle passive girded or girt.
1. To bind by surrounding with any flexible substance, as with a twig, a cord, bandage or cloth; as, to gird the loins with sackcloth.
2. To make fast by binding; to put on; usually with on; as, to gird on a harness; to gird on a sword.
3. To invest; to surround.
The Son appeared,
Girt with omnipotence.
4. To clothe; to dress; to habit.
I girded thee about with fine linen. Ezekiel 16:10.
5. To furnish; to equip.
GIRDed with snaky wiles.
6. To surround; to encircle; to inclose; to encompass.
The Nyseian isle,
Girt with the river Triton.
7. To gibe; to reproach severly; to lash.
GIRD, verb intransitive To gibe; to sneer; to break a scornful jest; to utter severe sarcasms.
Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me.