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Cincture


CINCTURE, noun

1. A belt, a girdle, or something worn round the body.

2. That which encompasses, or incloses.

3. In architecture, a ring or list at the top and bottom of a column, separating the shaft at one end from the base; at the other, from the capital. It is supposed to be in imitation of the girths or ferrils anciently used to strengthen columns.