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bel·ly

 (bĕl′ē)
n. pl. bel·lies
1. See abdomen.
2. The underside of the body of certain vertebrates, such as snakes and fish.
3. Informal
a. The stomach.
b. An appetite for food.
4. The womb; the uterus.
5.
a. A part that bulges or protrudes: the belly of a sail.
b. Anatomy The bulging, central part of a muscle.
6. A deep or central interior space: the engine in the belly of a ship; fish down in the belly of a river.
intr. & tr.v. bel·lied, bel·ly·ing, bel·lies
To bulge or cause to bulge. See Synonyms at bulge.
Phrasal Verb:
belly up
To approach closely: belly up to the bar.

[Middle English beli, from Old English belg, bag; see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.]

belly

(ˈbɛlɪ)
n, pl -lies
1. (Zoology) the lower or front part of the body of a vertebrate, containing the intestines and other abdominal organs; abdomen.
2. the stomach, esp when regarded as the seat of gluttony
3. a part, line, or structure that bulges deeply: the belly of a sail.
4. the inside or interior cavity of something: the belly of a ship.
5. the front or inner part or underside of something
6. (Instruments) the surface of a stringed musical instrument over which the strings are stretched
7. (Anatomy) the thick central part of certain muscles
8. (Textiles) Austral and NZ the wool from a sheep's belly
9. (Tanning) tanning the portion of a hide or skin on the underpart of an animal
10. (Archery) archery the surface of the bow next to the bowstring
11. archaic the womb
12. go belly up informal to die, fail, or come to an end
vb, -lies, -lying or -lied
to swell out or cause to swell out; bulge
[Old English belig; related to Old High German balg, Old Irish bolg sack, Sanskrit barhi chaff]

bel•ly

(ˈbɛl i)

n., pl. -lies, n.
1. the abdomen or underpart of an animal.
2. the stomach with its adjuncts.
3. appetite or capacity for food; gluttony.
4. the womb; uterus.
5. the interior of something: a ship's belly.
6. a protuberant surface of something: the belly of a flask.
7. the fleshy part of a muscle.
8. the front, inner, or under surface or part, as distinguished from the back.
9. the underpart of the fuselage of an airplane.
v.t.
10. to fill out; swell: Wind bellied the sails.
v.i.
11. to swell out: sails bellying in the wind.
12. belly up, Informal. to approach very closely: bellied up to a bar.
Idioms:
go or turn belly up, Informal. to come to an end; die; fail.
[before 950; Middle English bely, Old English bel(i)g bag, skin, c. Old Saxon, Old High German balg, Old Norse belgr, Gothic balgs]
bel′ly•like`, adj.

belly

- In the violin family, the top surface of an instrument, across which the strings are placed.
See also related terms for strings.

belly


Past participle: bellied
Gerund: bellying

Imperative
belly
belly
Present
I belly
you belly
he/she/it bellies
we belly
you belly
they belly
Preterite
I bellied
you bellied
he/she/it bellied
we bellied
you bellied
they bellied
Present Continuous
I am bellying
you are bellying
he/she/it is bellying
we are bellying
you are bellying
they are bellying
Present Perfect
I have bellied
you have bellied
he/she/it has bellied
we have bellied
you have bellied
they have bellied
Past Continuous
I was bellying
you were bellying
he/she/it was bellying
we were bellying
you were bellying
they were bellying
Past Perfect
I had bellied
you had bellied
he/she/it had bellied
we had bellied
you had bellied
they had bellied
Future
I will belly
you will belly
he/she/it will belly
we will belly
you will belly
they will belly
Future Perfect
I will have bellied
you will have bellied
he/she/it will have bellied
we will have bellied
you will have bellied
they will have bellied
Future Continuous
I will be bellying
you will be bellying
he/she/it will be bellying
we will be bellying
you will be bellying
they will be bellying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bellying
you have been bellying
he/she/it has been bellying
we have been bellying
you have been bellying
they have been bellying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bellying
you will have been bellying
he/she/it will have been bellying
we will have been bellying
you will have been bellying
they will have been bellying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bellying
you had been bellying
he/she/it had been bellying
we had been bellying
you had been bellying
they had been bellying
Conditional
I would belly
you would belly
he/she/it would belly
we would belly
you would belly
they would belly
Past Conditional
I would have bellied
you would have bellied
he/she/it would have bellied
we would have bellied
you would have bellied
they would have bellied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.belly - the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvisbelly - the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
body part - any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
abdominal aorta - a branch of the descending aorta
arteria colica, colic artery - arteries that supply blood to the colon
hypochondrium - the upper region of the abdomen just below the lowest ribs on either side of the epigastrium
bowel, gut, intestine - the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
torso, trunk, body - the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; "they moved their arms and legs and bodies"
belly button, bellybutton, navel, omphalos, omphalus, umbilicus - 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"
abdominal, abdominal muscle, ab - the muscles of the abdomen
underbody, underbelly - the soft belly or underside of an animal's body
abdominal cavity, abdomen - the cavity containing the major viscera; in mammals it is separated from the thorax by the diaphragm
abdominal wall - a wall of the abdomen
2.belly - a protruding abdomenbelly - a protruding abdomen      
adipose tissue, fatty tissue, fat - a kind of body tissue containing stored fat that serves as a source of energy; it also cushions and insulates vital organs; "fatty tissue protected them from the severe cold"
torso, trunk, body - the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; "they moved their arms and legs and bodies"
bay window, potbelly, tummy, corporation, pot - slang for a paunch
3.belly - a part that bulges deeplybelly - a part that bulges deeply; "the belly of a sail"
excrescence, extrusion, gibbosity, gibbousness, hump, jut, bulge, protrusion, protuberance, swelling, bump, prominence - something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings; "the gun in his pocket made an obvious bulge"; "the hump of a camel"; "he stood on the rocky prominence"; "the occipital protuberance was well developed"; "the bony excrescence between its horns"
4.belly - the hollow inside of somethingbelly - the hollow inside of something; "in the belly of the ship"
inside, interior - the inner or enclosed surface of something
5.belly - the underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fishbelly - the underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fish
craniate, vertebrate - animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
underpart - a part lying on the lower side or underneath an animal's body; "the warbler has a white throat and underparts"; "a woodland mouse with white underparts"
Verb1.belly - swell out or bulge outbelly - swell out or bulge out    
swell up, tumesce, tumefy, intumesce, swell - expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"

belly

noun stomach, insides (informal), gut, abdomen, tummy, paunch, vitals, breadbasket (slang), potbelly, corporation (informal) a horse with its belly ripped open
go belly up go bankrupt, break, fail, be ruined, go bust, become insolvent I really can't afford to see this company go belly up.
Related words
technical name venter
adjective ventral

belly

verb
To curve outward past the normal or usual limit:
Translations
بَطْنبَطْن، مَعِدَه
břicho
mavevom
ventro
maha
trbuh
has
magi; kviîur
腹部
inkštijuokimasis iš viso pilvokvatojimaspilvo skausmaspilvo šokis
kuņģisvēders
trebuh
mage
ท้อง
bụng

belly

[ˈbelɪ]
A. N
1. (= abdomen) → barriga f, guata f (Chile)
2. [of vessel] → barriga f
B. VI (also belly out) [sail] → hincharse
C. CPD belly button Nombligo m
belly dance Ndanza f del vientre
belly dancer Ndanzarina f del vientre
belly flop Npanzazo m
to do a belly flopdar(se) un panzazo
belly landing N (Aer) → aterrizaje m de panza
to make a belly landingaterrizar de panza
belly laugh Ncarcajada f (grosera)

belly

[ˈbɛli] n (= stomach) → ventre m
to go belly up (= go bust) [company] → couler

belly

n (general) → Bauch m; (of violin etc)Decke f

belly

:
bellyache (inf)
nBauchweh nt (inf), → Bauchschmerzen pl
vi (= complain)murren (→ about über +acc)
bellyaching
n (inf)Murren nt, → Gemurre nt
bellybutton
n (inf)Bauchnabel m
belly dance
nBauchtanz m
belly-dance
belly dancer
bellyflop
nBauchklatscher m (inf); to do a bellyeinen Bauchklatscher machen (inf)

belly

:
belly-land
vibauchlanden
belly landing
nBauchlandung f
belly laugh
ndröhnendes Lachen; he gave a great bellyer lachte lauthals los
belly up
adv to go belly (inf, company) → pleitegehen (inf); his plans went bellyer ging mit seinen Plänen baden (inf)

belly

[ˈbɛlɪ] npancia

belly

(ˈbeli) plural ˈbellies noun
the part of the body between the breast and the thighs, containing the bowels. the horse's belly; I've a pain in my belly.
ˈbellyache noun
stomach pain.
ˈbellyache verb
(informal) to complain a lot without a good reason; to grumble. Stop bellyaching, we're all doing our share!
ˈbelly-dance noun
a Middle Eastern dance performed by a woman.
ˈbellyflop noun
a bad jump into water in which the front of your body crashes flat against the water.
ˈbelly-laugh noun
a loud, deep laugh. the belly-laughs of the rugby players in the bar.

belly

بَطْن břicho mave Bauch κοιλιά vientre maha ventre trbuh pancia 腹部 buik mage brzuch barriga живот mage ท้อง göbek bụng 腹部

bel·ly

n. abdomen, barriga, vientre,
pop. panza;
___ buttonombligo;
___ wormlombriz intestinal.

belly

n (pl -lies) abdomen m, barriga, estómago (fam)
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If the boy had replied like Alcibiades, "By the gods, Socrates, I cannot tell," his grandfather would not have been surprised, but when, after standing a moment on one leg, like a meditative young stork, he answered, in a tone of calm conviction, "In my little belly," the old gentleman could only join in Grandma's laugh, and dismiss the class in metaphysics.
Cautiously we went back to the snake; he was still groping with his tail, turning up his ugly belly in the light.
In his devouring mind's eye, he pictured to himself every roasting-pig running about with a pudding in his belly, and an apple in his mouth; the pigeons were snugly put to bed in a comfortable pie, and tucked in with a coverlet of crust; the geese were swimming in their own gravy; and the ducks pairing cosily in dishes, like snug married couples, with a decent competency of onion sauce.
Yet even then beyond the reach of any plummet --"out of the belly of hell" --when the whale grounded upon the ocean's utmost bones, even then, God heard the engulphed, repenting prophet when he cried.
He was doing his best to pull a heavy cart, while a strong rough boy was cutting him under the belly with his whip and chucking cruelly at his little mouth.
What did he know about sin and suffering--with his smooth, black coat and his neatly starched collar, his body warm, and his belly full, and money in his pocket--and lecturing men who were struggling for their lives, men at the death grapple with the demon powers of hunger and cold
He says, 'I've shoveled acorns enough in there to keep the family thirty years, and if I can see a sign of one of 'em I wish I may land in a museum with a belly full of sawdust in two minutes
When there was room on the ledge outside of the pots and boxes for a cat, the cat was there-- in sunny weather--stretched at full length, asleep and blissful, with her furry belly to the sun and a paw curved over her nose.
I looked, or seemed to look, and then I thought that the hanging jaw moved, and from it came a voice that was harsh and hollow as of one who speaks from an empty belly, through a withered throat.
For two pins, I had been just as ready to cut it open, to see if by chance it carried in its belly the golden ring wherewith I was to wed the Golden--
Because thou hast done this, thou art accurst Above all Cattel, each Beast of the Field; Upon thy Belly groveling thou shalt goe, And dust shalt eat all the days of thy Life.
The railway comp'nies keeps 'orspittles for the like of 'IM," said the man, with a cunning laugh, indicating the horse by smacking him on the belly with the butt of the whip.