"girding" in the verb sense
1. arm, build up, fortify, gird
prepare oneself for a military confrontation
"The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"
"troops are building up on the Iraqi border"
2. girdle, gird
put a girdle on or around
"gird your loins"
3. gird, encircle
bind with something round or circular
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