Definition of waistline in US English:



  • 1An imaginary line around a person's body at the waist, especially with respect to its size.

    ‘eliminating inches from the waistline’
    • ‘You can have a lower cholesterol count, a lower percent of body fat, a smaller waistline, a lower heart rate.’
    • ‘How can utopians dream of changing the world when it is so difficult to lose an inch off one's waistline?’
    • ‘The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back and should not sit more than 4 inches below the waistline.’
    • ‘It's quite clear to me that television plays a significant role in our expanding waistlines (especially for children).’
    • ‘For this reason, body fat can be as important as body weight when you are trying to reduce your waistline or change your lifestyle.’
    • ‘Those who received a 20-mg dose lost an average of 20 pounds and trimmed their waistlines by three inches in one year.’
    • ‘Simply enter your weight and waistline measurements, the body shaper's built-in microprocessor will then automatically calculate and accumulate the burnt out calories.’
    • ‘A well-fitting bra can make a real difference to your shape, lifting your bust away from your waistline and making your body look longer and slimmer.’
    • ‘Measuring around my non-existent waistline and…… hold on a minute, this can't be right.’
    • ‘Keep track of your weight and your waistline, because improvements in weight or waist measurement can reduce your risk of getting diabetes.’
    • ‘At the moment, the only noticeable effect the walking has had on my size is on my waistline (my stomach in particular seems just as large as ever).’
    • ‘It's an ideal option for the growing number of drinkers and clubbers who are keen to watch their waistlines.’
    • ‘Schlosser believes the damage wrought by fast food companies on America is even deeper than adding inches to the national waistline.’
    • ‘ICS workers will be offering information leaflets tailored to men's cancers while visitors can also get weighed and have their waistlines measured.’
    • ‘Irish waistlines are expanding - half of the population is officially overweight and one in eight is obese, a 30% increase since 2000.’
    • ‘Nutrition information on menus moves us one step closer to smaller waistlines and healthier hearts.’
    • ‘When dieting, a person adopts certain procedures to reduce body flab and improve the waistline.’
    • ‘For me, low-rise jeans are a godsend because they help lengthen my waistline and give the illusion of more balanced proportions.’
    • ‘Six months after the procedure, these patients had an average weight loss of 5 pounds and a 3-inch decrease in the waistline.’
    • ‘Show off your individual style in tailored jackets that trim inches off your waistline.’
    1. 1.1 The shaping and position of the waist of a garment.
      • ‘Instead of darts, gently ease the waistline to the waistband for the most flattering fit.’
      • ‘The waistline seam at the center front may need to be lowered, tapering it back to normal at the side seam.’
      • ‘Pear shaped women tend to have bigger bottoms so choose garments that have easing at the waistline with soft pleats and gathers.’
      • ‘Necklines are going down and waistlines going up!’
      • ‘Remove the pattern pieces and staystitch the waistline and any curved seamlines.’
      • ‘I have just bought a pair of jeans without a waistline.’
      • ‘Dresses of printed chiffons and drop waistlines often with shoestring camisole style straps will feature strongly.’
      • ‘A suit with gathered fabric across the waistline can create the illusion of an hourglass figure in a woman who would like to look curvier.’
      • ‘The trousers have an enormous waistline that is loose around him and rise up to his chest when he sits.’
      • ‘Always remember to remove your belt from your slacks before hanging them; this will prevent the waistline from distorting.’
      • ‘Ease the pants waistline slightly to fit the waistband.’
      • ‘Areas on a knit garment where you want to eliminate stretch include: armholes, shoulder seams, waistlines, necklines and zippers.’
      • ‘Her baby blue tee stopped a few inches above the waistline of the jeans to reveal her slender back.’
      • ‘The house is best known for coats, and this season they introduced a new style with the waist cut high and a fuller volume below waistlines.’
      • ‘The middle tapered into a slim, V-shaped waistline, and the collar was the square-cut neckline that was currently the fashion.’
      • ‘We love the tailored waistline and flared skirt.’
      • ‘A Basque waistline, or any drop-waist style that angles downward, will lengthen a short torso.’
      • ‘The asymmetrical pullover features a mandarin collar, a six button front opening and a buttoned window pocket, all above a raised waistline seam.’
      • ‘Sew six to eight more buttons - evenly spaced - on the front waistline seam for added interest.’
      • ‘What caught my eye first was that he was wearing a jacket with a waistline seam - not a full-blown Norfolk jacket, less obtrusive than that, but in that class.’