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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To bulge or cause to bulge. See Synonyms at bulge.
  • belly up To approach closely: belly up to the bar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. The womb.
  • n. The part of anything which resembles the human belly in protuberance or in cavity; the innermost part.
  • n. The hollow part of a curved or bent timber, the convex part of which is the back.
  • transitive v. To cause to swell out; to fill.
  • intransitive v. To swell and become protuberant, like the belly; to bulge.

from The 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.
  • To fill; swell out.
  • To swell and become protuberant, like the belly; bulge out.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English beli, from Old English belg, bag; see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English bælġ. (Wiktionary)

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