—n. 1. a belt or girdle.
2. something that surrounds or encompasses as a girdle does; a surrounding border: The midnight sky had a cincture of stars. 3. (on a classical column) a fillet at either end of a shaft, esp. one at the lower end. Cf. orle (def. 3b).
4. the act of girding or encompassing.
—v.t. to gird with or as if with a cincture; encircle; encompass.