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Definitions for navel
ˈneɪ vəlnavel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. navel, umbilicus, bellybutton, belly button, omphalos, omphalusnoun

    a scar where the umbilical cord was attached

    "you were not supposed to show your navel on television"; "they argued whether or not Adam had a navel"; "she had a tattoo just above her bellybutton"

  2. navel, navel pointnoun

    the center point or middle of something

    "the Incas believed that Cuzco was the navel of the universe"


  1. navelnoun

    The indentation or bump remaining in the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached before birth.

  2. navelnoun

    The central part or point of anything; the middle.

    Within the navel of this hideous wood, / Immured in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells. uE00097412uE001 Milton.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Navelnoun

    Etymology: nafela, navela , Saxon.

    The use of the navel is to continue the infant unto the mother, and by the vessels thereof to convey its aliments. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. v.

    As children, while within the womb they live,
    Feed by the navel: here they feed not so. Davies.

    There is a superintending Providence, that some animals will hunt for the teat before they are quite gotten out of the secundines and parted from the navelstring. William Derham.

    Being prest to the war,
    Even when the navel of the state was touch’d,
    They would not thread the gates. William Shakespeare, Cor.

    Within the navel of this hideous wood,
    Immur’d in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells. John Milton.


  1. Navel

    The navel (clinically known as the umbilicus, commonly known as the belly button or tummy button) is a protruding, flat, or hollowed area on the abdomen at the attachment site of the umbilical cord. All placental mammals have a navel, although it is generally more conspicuous in humans.


  1. navel

    The navel, also known as the belly button, is a small hollow or protrusion located in the center of the abdomen. It is the scar left behind after the umbilical cord, which connects a fetus to its mother's womb, is cut at birth. The navel is not functional in any physiological sense post birth. The appearance of the navel varies from person to person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Navelnoun

    a mark or depression in the middle of the abdomen; the umbilicus. See Umbilicus

  2. Navelnoun

    the central part or point of anything; the middle

  3. Navelnoun

    an eye on the under side of a carronade for securing it to a carriage

  4. Etymology: [AS. nafela, fr. nafu nave; akin to D. navel, G. nabel, OHG. nabolo, Icel. nafli, Dan. navle, Sw. nafle, L. umbilicus, Gr. 'omfalo`s, Skr. nbhla. 260. See Nave hub, and cf. Omphalic, Nombril, Umbilical.]


  1. Navel

    The navel is a scar on the abdomen at the attachment site of the umbilical cord. All placental mammals have a navel, and it is quite conspicuous in humans. Other animals' navels tend to be smoother and flatter, often nothing more than a thin line, and are often obscured by fur.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Navel

    nāv′l, n. the mark or depression in the centre of the lower part of the abdomen, at first a small projection.—n. Nāv′el-string, the umbilical cord. [A.S. nafela, dim. of nafu, nave.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. navel

    A lug with a hole through it on the under side of a carronade, used to connect it with its carriage.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NAVEL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Navel is ranked #127494 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Navel surname appeared 134 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Navel.

    70.9% or 95 total occurrences were White.
    25.3% or 34 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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Anagrams for navel »

  1. Alven

  2. venal

  3. elvan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of navel in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of navel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of navel in a Sentence

  1. Taimi Leavelle for 73 years:

    I didn't have time to do anything, i did try to pull him( Oswald) behind me. I had him by the belt as well. I turned to him and instead of pulling him behind me, I turned his body. Instead of that bullet hitting him dead center, it hit about 4 inches to the left of the navel.

  2. Fred Allen:

    You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart.

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