Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of belly.
  • adj. bulging

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. curving outward

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The NTSB officials also found serious problems with Metro's oldest, 1000 series rail cars, and made clear that the Metro practice known as "bellying" -- placing those cars in the middle of trains -- does not make them more crashworthy.

    NTSB determines likely cause of Red Line crash

  • Dr. Hooke, in his day, expressed “his surprise at the obstinacy of seamen in continuing, after what appeared the clearest demonstration to the contrary, to prefer what are called bellying or bunting sails, to such as are hauled tight.”

    Richard Lovell Edgeworth

  • Dr. Hooke, in his day, expressed "his surprise at the obstinacy of seamen in continuing, after what appeared the clearest demonstration to the contrary, to prefer what are called bellying or bunting sails, to such as are hauled tight."

    Richard Lovell Edgeworth A Selection From His Memoir

  • Of course with an election approaching only a president with a backbone and the nerves to play hardball with Christie would tell New Jersey to first spend the money it owes the taxpayer before bellying up to the FEMA trough.

    Joel Epstein: Hurricane Irene Is a Chance to Put Things Right in New Jersey and Washington

  • The river straightened out here into its general easterly course, and we squared away before the wind, wing-and-wing once more, the foresail bellying out to starboard.

    Charley's Coup

  • The wind was blowing directly off Point Pedro and the high mountains behind, and because of this was squally and uncertain, half the time bellying the canvas out and the other half flapping it idly.

    White and Yellow

  • Bit by bit, an inch at a time, with here a wolf bellying forward, and there a wolf bellying forward, the circle would narrow until the brutes were almost within springing distance.

    The Hunger Cry

  • Not even the flopping, bellying mainsail overhead, as the Arangi rolled becalmed, could draw a glance of quizzical regard from him.

    CHAPTER VII

  • Plus, more of us are now able to drink legally, which means more bar patrons and more consumption by those bellying up to the mobile broadband bar.

    Downturn or Not, Mobile Broadband Is Growing Fast

  • Just one more liberal goofball bellying up to the trough!

    Franken to attend Harkin's 2009 steak fry

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