navel

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noun na·vel \ˈnā-vəl\

Definition of navel

  1. 1 :  a depression in the middle of the abdomen that marks the point of former attachment of the umbilical cord or yolk stalk

  2. 2 :  the central point :  middle In Delphi's golden age, when the ancients held it to be the navel of the world — Henry Kamm

Examples of navel in a sentence

  1. a city that likes to regard itself as the nation's navel of art and culture

Origin and Etymology of navel

Middle English, from Old English nafela; akin to Old High German nabalo navel, Latin umbilicus, Greek omphalos


First Known Use: before 12th century


NAVEL Defined for English Language Learners

navel

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noun na·vel \ˈnā-vəl\

Definition of navel for English Language Learners

  • : the small, hollow or raised area in the middle of your stomach


NAVEL Defined for Kids

navel

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noun na·vel \ˈnā-vəl\

Definition of navel for Students

  1. :  a hollow or bump in the middle of the stomach that marks the place where the umbilical cord was attached

Headscratcher for navel

Don't confuse the words navel and naval. Navel means “belly button,” but naval means “relating to the navy.” You might say that a sailor has a “naval navel.”


Medical Dictionary

navel

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noun na·vel \ˈnā-vəl\

Medical Definition of navel

  1. :  a depression in the middle of the abdomen that marks the point of former attachment of the umbilical cord to the embryo—called also umbilicus

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