cingo-, cing-, -cinct- +

(Latin: surrounding, to encircle, to go around; to bind, to gird)

1. A girth for a saddle, consisting of a thick strap secured by passing the end through two metal rings.
2. To get a tight grip on.
3. Informal, to make certain; to secure, or to guarantee.
4. Etymology: American English, "saddle-girth", from Spanish cincha, "girdle"; from Latin cingulum, "a girdle"; from cingere, "to surround, to encircle".

The sense of "an easy thing" is from about 1898, via the notion of "a sure hold".

1. A band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers.
2. A girdle or belt; especially, a cord or sash tied around a priest's, monk's, or nun's habit (clothing).
3. The act of encircling or encompassing.
4. Something that encircles or surrounds.
A kind of belt or other girdle (a belt; especially, a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist, often used to support stockings or hosiery).
cingulectomy, cingulotomy
1. Excision of the cingulate gyrus, a type of psychosurgery used for the treatment of psychosis.
2. The creation, by stereotaxic introduction of electrodes, of lesions in the gyrus cinguli for relief of intractable pain and in the treatment of psychiatric disorders and addictions.

Formerly, a unilateral or bilateral surgical excision of the anterior half of the cingulate (fiber bundle) gyrus (prominent rounded elevations in the brain), but now accomplished by electrolytic destruction of the anterior cingulate gyrus and callosum (fibers which unite).

cingulomania (s) (noun), cingulomanias (pl)
A strong desire to hold a person in one's arms whether he or she is known or not.
1. A defensive wall, an enclosure, or an area enclosed by defensive structure; such as, a place protected by a defensive wall or enclosure.
2. Having a child developing in the womb (used euphemistically).
3. Etymology: from early 17th century via French from medieval Latin incincta, "not girded"; from Latin cincta, "girded".
1. A district of a city or town marked out for administrative purposes.
2. A small electoral district of a city or town, forming part of a ward.
3. A U.S. public administration city area patrolled by police unit; such as, a district of a city or town under a particular unit of the police force.
4. A boundary marking out an area.
succinct (adjective), more succinct, most succinct
1. Relating to something which gives a brief gist or essence of a concept: Jack had only 5 minutes to give a run-down on his new book, so he gave a succinct account of its plot to the audience at the bookstore.
2. Characterizing a thought, an idea, a view, etc. in clear, precise, and brief expressions using few words; concise and terse: Tim tried to shorten his essay of 15 pages into a succinct version of only 2 pages and avoid all the wordy and drawn-out explanations which were not absolutely necessary.

Little Mary asked her mother for the 5th time if she could watch a crime movie on TV and her mother gave her a succinct, curt, and snappy answer and said, "No!"
3. Etymology: from Latin succinctus, "prepared, ready, contracted, short"; from succingere, "tuck up (clothes for action), gird from below"; from sub, "below" + cingere, "to gird".

Relating to being concise, terse, and short.
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1. A reference to being concise and precise and with brevity; getting to the point.
2. In a succinct manner or having characteristics of both brevity and clarity; concisely.
1. Terseness and economy in writing and speaking achieved by expressing a great deal in just a few words.
2. Marked by compact precise expression without wasted words.
A belt, band, or girth which passes over a saddle, or over anything laid on a horse's back, to bind it securely.