navel

noun
na·​vel | \ ˈnā-vəl How to pronounce navel (audio) \

Definition of navel

1 : a depression in the middle of the abdomen that marks the point of former attachment of the umbilical cord or yolk stalk
2 : the central point : middle In Delphi's golden age, when the ancients held it to be the navel of the world— Henry Kamm

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Examples of navel in a Sentence

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

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Design and functionality All right, enough navel-gazing. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Thrustmaster TPR: The best flight sim pedals you can buy in a store like a normal person," 23 Sep. 2018 Repeat quickly and vigorously, keeping your body still, except for your navel, for one minute. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The Tired Girl's Guide To Getting More Sleep & Having More Energy," 2 May 2012 On top of that, people often neglect to wash their navels well, Dr. Bailey adds. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Belly Button Infections You Can Get (and What to Do If You Have One)," 23 Feb. 2019 Like other areas of your body, your navel naturally contains bacteria and fungi. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Belly Button Infections You Can Get (and What to Do If You Have One)," 23 Feb. 2019 With his perm, soothing voice and chambray shirts unbuttoned nearly to the navel, Mr. Ross was an instantly recognizable hit. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "A Renaissance for Bob Ross: Fans Want the ‘Joy of Painting’ Host to Have a Spot in Art History," 21 Aug. 2018 Keeping your navel pulled into your spine, and your hips squared and toes pointed, extend one leg forward and the other back, so each is pointing towards opposite sides of the room. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Body-Sculpting Workout Is Top-Model-Approved—And Ready for the Holidays," 20 Nov. 2018 Telford now has spasms, difficulty with balance and neurological dysfunction below his navel, Sandberg said. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "King County to pay former jail inmate $1M for spinal-cord injury untreated for 10 days," 6 Oct. 2018 Lebanese cool girl and filmmaker Pam Nasr walked the show and looked quite stellar in a pair of the dark blue jeans and a buttoned-to-the-navel black shirt. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Barragán Turns a New York Department Store Into a Cool-Kid Runway," 15 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of navel

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for navel

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

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The first known use of navel was before the 12th century

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navel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of navel

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

navel

noun
na·​vel | \ ˈnā-vəl How to pronounce navel (audio) \

Kids Definition of navel

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

navel

noun
na·​vel | \ ˈnā-vəl How to pronounce navel (audio) \

Medical Definition of navel

: 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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