from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The soft belly or underside of an animal's body. Also called underbody.
  • n. The vulnerable or weak part: "So much . . . can be learned from these and other neglected sources from the underbelly of traditional scholarship” ( Stephen Jay Gould).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The side which is not normally seen

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The lower ventral part of the abdomen of an animal, especially one that walks on four feet.
  • n. The surface of an object closest to the ground, especially of an extended object such as an airplane.
  • n. The weak point of an object vulnerable to attack; used especially in the phrase “the soft underbelly”.

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

  • n. the quality of being weak or unprotected
  • n. lower side
  • n. the soft belly or underside of an animal's body


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    April 28, 2011