: the stomach and its adjuncts
: the undersurface of an animal's body;
: hide from this part
: a central place where something is most prevalent, concentrated, or deeply ingrained
—often used in the phrase the belly of the beast to refer especially to a dangerous or hostile place or situation
- … he became the hottest songwriter in Nashville, an antiauthoritarian smack-dab in the belly of the establishment.
- —Tony Scherman
- Meanwhile, the very best bodies of America are in prison, pumping iron in the belly of the beast.
- —Robert Lipsyte
: a surface or object curved or rounded like a human belly
: the enlarged fleshy body of a muscle
: the part of a sail that swells out when filled with wind