What does the word waist mean?

Usage examples for waist

  1. He would have done it, too, if I hadn't caught him around the waist at the last minute and swung him back. – The Desired Woman by Will N. Harben
  2. And this water looks as though it were waist deep. – The Corner House Girls on Palm Island by Grace Brooks Hill Thelma Gooch
  3. I slipped my arm round her waist, under her arm. – Joe Wilson and His Mates by Henry Lawson