General English


  • verb to clean out a sheep’s fleece with shears


  • noun a long, relatively narrow area
  • noun a loop of strong material connecting two pulleys or wheels, one driving the other

Cars & Driving

  • noun a loop of strong material passed round two or more pulleys and transmitting drive from one to the other, such as a fan belt or timing belt
  • noun a reinforcing layer or layers of steel or nylon strands in the carcass of a radial ply tyre


  • A flexible continuous loop that conveys power (or materials) between the pulleys or rollers around which it passes.
  • A course of brick or stone that protrudes from a wall of similar material and is usually positioned in line with the windowsills.


  • noun a strip of leather, webbing or other material, worn around the waist and used to support a person’s trousers or to carry equipment-pouches.
  • noun ammunition which is linked together by metal clips or fastened by loops to a strip of canvas, in order to be fired by a machine-gun


  • noun a belt awarded to a sports competitor, especially in boxing or the martial arts, as a trophy or a sign of having attained a particular grade
  • noun somebody awarded a particular belt for an achievement, usually in boxing or one of the martial arts

Origin & History of “belt”

Old English belt and related Germanic forms such as Swedish bälte point to a source in Germanic *baltjaz, which was borrowed from Latin balteus, possibly a word of Etruscan origin. The verbal idiom belt up ‘be quiet’ appears to date from just before world War II.