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GIRDIN(G), n. Also -en, -an.

1. A saddle-girth (Per. 1880 Jam.; Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh.10 1954). Abd. 1705  T. Mair Ellon Rec. (1898) 292:
The girding string of the saddle breaking, she lighted.
Ayr. 1788  Burns Duncan Gray ii.:
The girdin brak, the beast cam down, I tint my curch and baith my shoon.

2. A rope, esp. one used for binding round something (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 63, girdan; Abd.27 1954). Comb. cairt-girdan (Ib.), -girden, see Cairt, n.1 (4).

[From Gird, v.1, 2., 3., q.v. + -in(g), vbl.n. ending.]

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