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 for garter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Garter \Gar"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gartered; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Gartering.]
     1. To bind with a garter.
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              He . . . could not see to garter his hose. --Shak.
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     2. To invest with the Order of the Garter. --T. Warton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Garter \Gar"ter\, n. [OE. gartier, F. jarreti[`e]re, fr. OF.
     garet bend of the knee, F. jarret; akin to Sp. garra claw,
     Prov. garra leg. See Garrote.]
     1. A band used to prevent a stocking from slipping down on
        the leg.
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     2. The distinguishing badge of the highest order of
        knighthood in Great Britain, called the Order of the
        Garter, instituted by Edward III.; also, the Order itself.
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     3. (Her.) Same as Bendlet.
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     Garter fish (Zool.), a fish of the genus Lepidopus,
        having a long, flat body, like the blade of a sword; the
        scabbard fish.
  
     Garter king-at-arms, the chief of the official heralds of
        England, king-at-arms to the Order of the Garter; -- often
        abbreviated to Garter.
  
     Garter snake (Zool.), one of several harmless American
        snakes of the genus Eut[ae]nia, of several species (esp.
        E. saurita and E. sirtalis); one of the striped
        snakes; -- so called from its conspicuous stripes of
        color.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  garter
      n 1: a band (usually elastic) worn around the leg to hold up a
           stocking (or around the arm to hold up a sleeve) [syn:
           garter, supporter]
      v 1: fasten with or as if with a garter

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