Found 2 items, similar to Pectoral.
English → English
n 1: either of two large muscles of the chest [syn: pectoral muscle
, musculus pectoralis
2: an adornment worn on the chest or breast [syn: pectoral medallion
adj : of or relating to the chest or thorax; “pectoral organ”
English → English
, n. [OE. gurdel, girdel, AS. gyrdel, fr.
gyrdan; akin to D. gordel, G. g["u]rtel, Icel. gyr?ill. See
, v. t., to encircle, and cf. Girth
1. That which girds, encircles, or incloses; a circumference;
a belt; esp., a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling
the body usually at the waist; a cestus.
Within the girdle of these walls. --Shak.
Their breasts girded with golden girdles. --Rev. xv.
2. The zodiac; also, the equator. [Poetic] --Bacon.
From the world's girdle to the frozen pole.
That gems the starry girdle of the year. --Campbell.
3. (Jewelry) The line ofgreatest circumference of a
brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the
setting. See Illust. of Brilliant
4. (Mining) A thin bed or stratum of stone. --Raymond.
5. (Zo["o]l.) The clitellus of an earthworm.
(Anat.), the sphenethmoid. See under
, a spinning wheel.
(Zo["o]l.), a ctenophore. See Venus's girdle
, & Pelvic
. (Anat.) See
, and Pelvic
To have under the girdle
, to have bound to one, that is, in
, n. [L. pectorale a breastplate, neut. of
1. A covering or protecting for the breast.
(a) A breastplate, esp. that worn by the Jewish high
(b) A clasp or a cross worn on the breast.
3. A medicine for diseases of the chest organs, especially
(p[e^]k"t[-o]*ral), a. [L. pectoralis, fr.
pectus, -oris the breast; cf. F. pectoral.]
1. Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral
2. Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or lungs;
as, a pectoral remedy.
3. (Zo["o]l.) Having the breast conspicuously colored; as,
the pectoral sandpiper.
, or Pectoral girdle
(Anat.), the two or
more bony or cartilaginous pieces of the vertebrate
skeleton to which the fore limbs are articulated; the
shoulder girdle. In man it consists of two bones, the
scapula and clavicle, on each side.
(Eccl.), a cross worn on the breast by
bishops and abbots, and sometimes also by canons.
, or Pectorals
(Zo["o]l.), fins situated on
the sides, behind the gills. See Illust. under Fin
. (Zo["o]l.) See Land rail
(b) under Land
(Zo["o]l.), the jacksnipe