from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A basin-shaped structure of the vertebrate skeleton, composed of the innominate bones on the sides, the pubis in front, and the sacrum and coccyx behind, that rests on the lower limbs and supports the spinal column.
- n. The cavity formed by this structure.
- n. The hollow funnel in the outlet of the kidney, into which urine is discharged before entering the ureter. Also called renal pelvis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The large compound bone structure at the base of the spine that supports the legs. It consists of hip bone, sacrum and coccyx.
- n. A funnel-shaped cavity, especially such a cavity in the kidney into which urine passes towards the ureter
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The pelvic arch, or the pelvic arch together with the sacrum. See Pelvic arch, under pelvic, and sacrum.
- n. The calyx of a crinoid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bony basin forming the most inferior of posterior one of the three great cavities—thoracic, abdominal, and pelvic—of the trunk of most terrestrial vertebrates.
- n. Hence Some pelviform structure or cuplike part.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of mollusks.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a structure shaped like a funnel in the outlet of the kidney into which urine is discharged before passing into the ureter
- n. the structure of the vertebrate skeleton supporting the lower limbs in humans and the hind limbs or corresponding parts in other vertebrates
Latin pēlvis, basin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pelvis ("basin"), from Old Latin peluis ("basin"), from Proto-Indo-European *pel- (“container”). Compare Sanskrit palavi (container), Greek πήληξ (pēlēx, "helmet"). (Wiktionary)