What does the word girth mean?

Usage examples for girth

  1. To have got into a safer situation he would have climbed the tree; but it happened to be a poplar, without a branch for many feet from the ground, and of too great a girth to be " embraced." – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  2. His house like all the old time dwellings was built on simple lines, the three great roof- logs each of single trees, upheld by posts of ample girth. – Indian Legends of Vancouver Island by Alfred Carmichael
  3. Indeed, he was now giving his whole attention to the broken girth, and she could only await the result of his examination. – Nature's Serial Story by E. P. Roe