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noun [countable] waist pronunciation in British English /weɪst/
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  1. the middle part of the human body that is usually narrower than the parts above and below

    Jim put his arm round Carmen’s waist.

    Marie wore a wide black leather belt round her waist.

    from the waist down/up:

    The accident left Margaret paralysed from the waist down.

    1. a.
      the part of a piece of clothing that covers the middle part of your body

      a pair of trousers with an elasticated waist

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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