American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See abdomen.
- n. The underside of the body of certain vertebrates, such as snakes and fish.
- n. Informal The stomach.
- n. Informal An appetite for food.
- n. The womb; the uterus.
- n. A part that bulges or protrudes: the belly of a sail.
- n. Anatomy The bulging, central part of a muscle.
- n. A deep, hollow interior: the belly of a ship.
- v. To bulge or cause to bulge. See Synonyms at bulge.
- belly up To approach closely: belly up to the bar.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of the human body which extends from the breast to the groin, and contains the bowels: the part of the trunk between the diaphragm and the pelvis, considered as to its front and side walls and its cavity and contents; the abdomen. See cut under abdomen.
- n. The part of any animal which corresponds to the human belly; the abdomen in general.
- n. The stomach with its adjuncts: as, a hungry belly.
- n. The womb.
- n. The fleshy part of a muscle, as distinguished from its tendinous portion: as, the anterior belly of the digastricus muscle.
- n. The hollow or interior of an inclosed place.
- n. The part of anything which resembles the belly in protuberance or cavity, as of a bottle, a tool, a sail filled by the wind, a blast-furnace, etc.
- n. In technology, the inner, lower, or front surface or edge of anything. In engraving, the lower edge of a graver.
- To fill; swell out.
- To swell and become protuberant, like the belly; bulge out.
- n. The abdomen.
- n. The stomach, especially a fat one.
- n. The lower fuselage of an airplane.
- v. To position one's belly.
- v. To swell and become protuberant; to bulge.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That part of the human body which extends downward from the breast to the thighs, and contains the bowels, or intestines; the abdomen.
- n. The under part of the body of animals, corresponding to the human belly.
- n. obsolete The womb.
- n. The part of anything which resembles the human belly in protuberance or in cavity; the innermost part.
- n. (Arch.) The hollow part of a curved or bent timber, the convex part of which is the back.
- v. rare To cause to swell out; to fill.
- v. To swell and become protuberant, like the belly; to bulge.
- n. a part that bulges deeply
- v. swell out or bulge out
- n. a protruding abdomen
- n. the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
- n. the hollow inside of something
- n. the underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fish
- From Old English bælġ. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English beli, from Old English belg, bag; see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I still remember the horror on his face as he realized what was going to happen: Instead of landing feet-first, he was going to land flat on his face, in what we called a belly-buster, aka belly flop.”
“The term belly-dance is a creation of Orientalism, and is first attested in English in 1899, translating French danse du ventre.”
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“Fire in the belly is a funny thing: You wouldn't think to look at him that Mayor Daley had it.”
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“Letting Daddy rub your belly is a great way for him to feel close to the pregnancy.”
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“He doesn't actually get at the problem thanks to his kindness, but he will be there three days from now when your belly is a bruised, cat-scratched mess.”
“I went back into what we call the belly-to-earth position.”
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