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belly

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noun bel·ly \ˈbe-lē\

Simple Definition of belly

  • : a person's stomach or the part of the body that contains the stomach

  • : the part of an animal's body that is like a person's belly

  • : a curved or rounded surface or part

Full Definition of belly

plural bellies

  1. 1 a :  abdomen 1; also :  potbelly 1 b :  the stomach and its adjuncts c :  the undersurface of an animal's body; also :  hide from this part d :  womb, uterus

  2. 2 :  an internal cavity :  interior

  3. 3 :  appetite for food

  4. 4 :  a surface or object curved or rounded like a human belly

  5. 5 a :  the enlarged fleshy body of a muscle b :  the part of a sail that swells out when filled with wind

  6. 6 :  gut 1a(2)

Examples of belly

  1. He got down on his belly to crawl.

  2. They slid down the snowy hill on their bellies.

  3. a gray squirrel with a white belly

  4. the belly of an airplane

  5. the belly of a ship



Origin of belly

Middle English bely bellows, belly, from Old English belg bag, skin; akin to Old High German balg bag, skin, Old English blāwan to blow — more at blow


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with belly


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belly

verb bel·ly

Simple Definition of belly

  • : to cause (something, such as a sail) to curve or bulge outward

Full Definition of belly

bel·liedbel·ly·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to swell or fill out <wind bellying the sails>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  swell, fill

  5. 2 a :  to slide or crawl on one's belly b :  belly-land

Examples of belly

  1. <the sails slowly bellied as the wind picked up>

  2. <recruits were forced to belly over the obstacle course under simulated enemy fire>



1606

First Known Use of belly

1606


Medical Dictionary

belly

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noun bel·ly \ˈbel-ē\

Medical Definition of belly

plural bellies

  1. 1a:  abdomen 1ab:  the undersurface of an animal's bodyc:  womb, uterusd:  the stomach and its adjuncts

  2. 2:  the enlarged fleshy body of a muscle






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