Definitions

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

  • n. Anatomy The abdomen.
  • n. Anatomy The prominent fleshy portion of a muscle.
  • n. Anatomy A cavity or hollowed surface, especially of a bone.
  • n. Zoology A part in lower forms of animal life corresponding to the abdomen of mammals.
  • n. Botany The swollen lower portion of an archegonium containing the egg.
  • n. Law The uterus of a woman as the source of offspring.

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  • n. A vendor.
  • n. A woman with offspring
  • n. A protuberant, usually hollow structure, notably:
  • n. A broad, shallow concavity, notably of a bone
  • n. One who vents, who is vocal about feelings or problems.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who vents; one who utters, reports, or publishes.
  • n.
  • n. The belly; the abdomen; -- sometimes applied to any large cavity containing viscera.
  • n. The uterus, or womb.
  • n. A belly, or protuberant part; a broad surface
  • n. The lower part of the abdomen in insects.
  • n. A pregnant woman; a mother

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the coiled nautiloid cephalopod shell, such as Nautilus and the ammonites, the outer or peripheral portion of the whorls.
  • n. One who vents or gives vent (to); one who utters, reports, or publishes.
  • n. The womb; and hence, in legal language, mother: as, A has a son B by one venter, and a daughter C by another venter; children by different venters.
  • n. In anatomy and zoology the belly; the abdomen.
  • n. Tn ornithology, the lower belly or abdomen, considered as to its surface.
  • n. In entomology: The lower part of the abdomen.
  • n. The under surface: as, the venter of the caterpillar.
  • n. In botany, the enlarged basal part of an archegonium, in which the oöphore is formed.

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

  • n. the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
  • n. a bulging body part (as the belly of a muscle)
  • n. a speaker who expresses or gives vent to a personal opinion or grievance
  • n. the womb

Etymologies

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

Anglo-Norman, from Latin.

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Cognate with Dutch venter.

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From Latin venter ("belly, womb, offspring").

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to vent + -er.

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