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ˈbɛl ibel·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abdomen, venter, stomach, bellynoun

    the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis

  2. belly, paunchnoun

    a protruding abdomen

  3. bellynoun

    a part that bulges deeply

    "the belly of a sail"

  4. bellynoun

    the hollow inside of something

    "in the belly of the ship"

  5. bellyverb

    the underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fish

  6. belly, belly outverb

    swell out or bulge out


  1. bellynoun

    The abdomen.

  2. bellynoun

    The stomach, especially a fat one.

  3. bellynoun

    The lower fuselage of an airplane.

  4. bellyverb

    To position one's belly.

  5. bellyverb

    To swell and become protuberant; to bulge.

    The bellying canvas strutted with the gale. uE00026088uE001 Dryden.

  6. Etymology: Old English bælg

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BELLYnoun

    Etymology: balg, Dutch; bol, bola, Welch.

    The body’s members
    Rebell’d against the belly; thus accus’d it; ——
    That only like a gulf it did remain,
    Still cupboarding the viand, never bearing
    Like labour with the rest. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    And the Lord said unto the serpent, upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. Gen. iii. 14.

    I shall answer that better, than you can the getting up of the negro’s belly: the Moor is with child by you. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    The secret is grown too big for the pretence, like Mrs. Primly’s big belly. William Congreve, Way of the World.

    They were content with a licentious and idle life, wherein they might fill their bellies by spoil, rather than by labour. John Hayward.

    Whose god is their belly. Phil. iii. 19.

    He that sows his grain upon marble, will have many a hungry belly before harvest. John Arbuthnot, History of J. Bull.

    Fortune sometimes turneth the handle of the bottle, which is easy to be taken hold of; and, after, the belly, which is hard to grasp. Francis Bacon, Ornament. Ration.

    An Irish harp hath the concave, or belly, not along the strings, but at the end of the strings. Francis Bacon, Nat. History, №. 146.

    Out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardst my voice. Jonah, ii. 2.

  2. To Bellyverb

    To swell into a larger capacity; to hang out; to bulge out.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Thus by degrees day wastes, signs cease to rise,
    For bellying earth, still rising up, denies
    Their light a passage, and confines our eyes. Thomas Creech, Manilius.

    The pow’r appeas’d, with winds suffic’d the sail,
    The bellying canvas strutted with the gale. John Dryden, Fables.

    Loud ratt’ling shakes the mountains and the plain,
    Heav’n bellies downwards, and descends in rain. Dryden.

    ’Midst these disports, forget they not to drench
    Themselves with bellying goblets. Philips.


  1. belly

    The belly is the front, lower part of the human or animal body, located between the chest and the pelicles, that contains the stomach and other digestive organs. It is often associated with the region of the abdomen. In a broader and more informal context, it can also refer to the stomach area that is often subject to weight gain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bellynoun

    that part of the human body which extends downward from the breast to the thighs, and contains the bowels, or intestines; the abdomen

  2. Bellynoun

    the under part of the body of animals, corresponding to the human belly

  3. Bellynoun

    the womb

  4. Bellynoun

    the part of anything which resembles the human belly in protuberance or in cavity; the innermost part; as, the belly of a flask, muscle, sail, ship

  5. Bellynoun

    the hollow part of a curved or bent timber, the convex part of which is the back

  6. Bellyverb

    to cause to swell out; to fill

  7. Bellyverb

    to swell and become protuberant, like the belly; to bulge


  1. Belly

    Belly was an alternative rock band formed in 1991 by former Throwing Muses members Tanya Donelly and Fred Abong. The band was based in Boston, Massachusetts, though all of the original members grew up in Newport, Rhode Island. The band consisted of Donelly on lead vocals and guitar, Abong on bass, Tom Gorman on guitar, and Chris Gorman on drums. Tom and Chris, who were brothers, were childhood friends of Donelly's; they had previously played in the hardcore punk band Verbal Assault. On at least one tour date in Albany, NY, former Throwing Muses member, Leslie Langston, lent a hand on bass.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Belly

    bel′li, n. the part of the body between the breast and the thighs, containing the bowels: the stomach, as the receptacle of the food: the bowels proper: the womb or uterus: the interior of anything: the bulging part of anything, as a bottle, or any concave or hollow surface, as of a sail: the inner or lower surface of anything, as opposed to the back, as of a violin, &c.—adj. ventral, abdominal: (theol.) belonging to the flesh, carnal.—v.i. to swell or bulge out.—ns. Bel′ly-band, a saddle-girth: a band fastened to the shafts of a vehicle, and passing under the belly of the horse drawing it; Bel′lyful, a sufficiency; Bel′ly-god, one who makes a god of his belly, a glutton.—p.adj. Bel′lying.—n. Bel′ly-tim′ber, provisions. [M. E. bali, bely—A.S. bælig, belig; bælg, belg, bag.]


  1. Belly

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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. belly

    The swell of a sail. The inner or hollow part of compass timber; the outside is called the back. To belly a sail is to inflate or fill it with the wind, so as to give a taut leech.--Bellying canvas is generally applied to a vessel going free, as when the belly and foot reefs which will not stand on a wind, are shaken out.--Bellying to the breeze, the sails filling or being inflated by the wind.--Bellying to leeward, when too much sail is injudiciously carried.

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  1. Belly

    venter; under side of abdomen.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of belly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of belly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of belly in a Sentence

  1. Mao Zedong:

    Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly. (On intellectuals)

  2. Henery Miller, Tropic of Cancer 1934:

    A man with his belly full of the classics is an enemy of the human race.

  3. Paula Deen:

    I don’t know how to say this to you in a nice way, but it has to cover my front privates, i am aware of ‘catfish belly’ arms. Have you ever seen a catfish? You know how they have a smooth floppy belly on them? Well, that’s what we refer to as ‘catfish belly’ arms.

  4. Geoff Ogilvy:

    I think the belly guys are going to find it pretty easy, but the guys who have split hands, like Stads, Adam Scott, Timmy, that's different. That's a big change. Putting attached from your belly and moving it away, it's not that big of a change. You lose your security blanket, but it's effectively the same stroke.

  5. Diogenes the Cynic (412 to 323 B.C.):

    If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate.

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