stomach

noun
stom·​ach | \ ˈstə-mək , -mik\

Definition of stomach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a saclike expansion of the digestive tract of a vertebrate that is located between the esophagus and duodenum and typically consists of a simple often curved sac with an outer serous covering, a strong muscular wall that contracts rhythmically, and an inner mucous membrane lining that contains gastric glands

Note: In humans, the stomach is located in the upper abdomen, below the esophagus and above the small intestine. It functions mainly to partially digest food by grinding and mixing it with gastric secretions (such as hydrochloric acid and pepsin). Mucus is also secreted to protect the stomach lining from damage by the acidic environment. Once ingested food has been partially digested by the stomach, it is discharged through the pylorus into the duodenum in the form of the semifluid chyme for further digestion.

(2) : one of the compartments making up the stomach of a ruminant animal (such as a cow or sheep) … the rumen, the largest of the four stomachs in an older animal, is undeveloped at birth and is considerably smaller than the abomasum or true stomach.— Norman Barron
b : a cavity in an invertebrate animal that is analogous to a stomach When a leaf containing the bacteria is ingested by the larva of certain insects, the new gene produces a protein that attacks the stomach lining of the insect and causes death.The New York Times
c : the part of the body that contains the stomach : belly, abdomen He was punched in the stomach.
2a : desire for food caused by hunger : appetite After the hke, she had a good stomach for lunch.
b : inclination, desire had no stomach for an argument also : courage, guts

3 obsolete

a : spirit, valor
b : pride

stomach

verb
stomached; stomaching; stomachs

Definition of stomach (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to take offense at
2 : to bear without overt reaction or resentment : put up with couldn't stomach office politics

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Synonyms for stomach

Synonyms: Noun

abdomen, belly, breadbasket [slang], gut, solar plexus, tummy

Synonyms: Verb

abide, absorb, accept, bear, bide [chiefly dialect], brook, countenance, endure, go, hack, handle, meet, pocket, stand, stick out, support, sustain, sweat out, take, tolerate, wear [British]

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Examples of stomach in a Sentence

Noun

She has problems with her stomach. I've had enough to eat. My stomach is full. He was lying on his stomach.

Verb

I could barely stomach the smell. I can't stomach raw onions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Other convictions, though, have been harder for would-be fans to stomach — specifically, the company’s stance on LGBTQ rights. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "The controversial conservative chain is poised to become the third-largest fast-food brand in the US this year.," 20 Dec. 2018 Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps and vomiting. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Throw out all romaine lettuce, CDC says. Idaho ranks 2nd for people ill from E. coli | Idaho Statesman," 20 Apr. 2018 Abigail had bruising on her stomach area from her sternum to waistband, and bruising on her back from mid-back to upper buttocks, reportedly caused by Jen Hart (according to Abigail). Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 5: 'Owies'," 8 Jan. 2019 Spoiler alert: Villanelle ended Season 1 with a serious stab wound to the stomach, courtesy of Eve. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jodie Comer of 'Killing Eve' Is One of the Most Captivating Actresses of Her Time," 4 Jan. 2019 The day out is a feast for the eyes and stomach, and you’ll be positively stuffed by nightfall. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 His personal physician, Francesco Antommarchi, performed the autopsy, which revealed unmistakable signs of stomach cancer. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 Choose from two shapes: Classic, which has a low profile for stomach and back sleepers, or contoured, a curved fit for side and back sleepers, both of which come in sizes standard or king. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Memory Foam Pillows You Can Buy," 21 Dec. 2018 There was a catch, though; Jenner’s stomach was covered by a blanket. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Kylie Jenner returned as online queen in 2018 after disappearing for nearly a year," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cholak continues to eat doughnuts every day, even though many people working at Mike's can no longer stomach them, including Mike himself. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meet Rachael Cholak, the girl with the doughnut tattoos," 25 June 2018 The complete inability to upgrade the device is hard to stomach in a notebook this expensive. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 It’s much harder to stomach the torrent of bad headlines: a radical restructuring, a management shakeup, a stock in such a tailspin that the overseers of the Dow Jones industrial average gave it the boot this week after more than a century. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s bet on GE will still pay off," 27 June 2018 Moderate Republicans couldn't stomach dramatic Medicaid cuts, and conservatives refused to vote for a replacement bill that left too much of the Affordable Care Act intact. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Conservative activists aren't giving up their Obamacare repeal dream," 29 May 2018 The man couldn't stomach vegetables, especially broccoli. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of President George W. Bush's Eulogy for His Father," 5 Dec. 2018 No doubt, this is the part of the sport that is most difficult to stomach. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! The sad part of horse racing," 6 July 2018 While Uber and Lyft may be able to stomach a pause in what is Uber’s largest market in the U.S., attempts to replicate these bills in other places may prove to be much more overbearing or sweeping than those passed today in New York. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber lost in NYC. But here’s the real problem.," 8 Aug. 2018 And now the Saudis will have to stomach global scrutiny that will be critical of too many all-is-fine smiles from attendees or too few mea culpas from government officials. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "On the eve of the Saudi economic summit, we’re about to see just how damaged they are in Silicon Valley," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of stomach

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stomach

Noun

Middle English stomak, from Anglo-French estomac, from Latin stomachus gullet, esophagus, stomach, from Greek stomachos, from stoma mouth; akin to Middle Breton staffn mouth, Avestan staman-

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stomach

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stomach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the organ in your body where food goes and begins to be digested after you swallow it
: the part of your body that contains the stomach
: the desire, courage, etc., that is needed to do or accept something difficult or unpleasant

stomach

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stomach (Entry 2 of 2)

: to accept or experience (something unpleasant) without becoming sick, upset, etc.
: to eat (something) without getting a sick or unpleasant feeling in your stomach

stomach

noun
stom·​ach | \ ˈstə-mək \

Kids Definition of stomach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the pouch into which food passes from the esophagus for mixing and digestion before passing to the small intestine
2 : the part of the body that contains the stomach : abdomen The ball hit him in the stomach.
3 : desire entry 2 sense 1, liking She had no stomach for trouble.

stomach

verb
stomached; stomaching

Kids Definition of stomach (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bear patiently : put up with I couldn't stomach their rude behavior.

stomach

noun
stom·​ach | \ ˈstəm-ək, -ik \

Medical Definition of stomach

1a : a saclike expansion of the digestive tract of a vertebrate communicating anteriorly with the esophagus and posteriorly with the duodenum and being typically a simple often curved sac with an outer serous coat, a strong complex muscular wall that contracts rhythmically, and a mucous lining membrane that contains gastric glands
b : one of the compartments of a ruminant stomach the abomasum is the fourth stomach of a ruminant
2 : a cavity in an invertebrate animal that is analogous to a stomach
3 : the part of the body that contains the stomach : belly, abdomen

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