Pronunciation: (singk'chur), [key]
—n., v., -tured, -tur•ing.
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.
to gird with or as if with a cincture; encircle; encompass.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.