bellying


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bel·ly

 (bĕl′ē)
n. pl. bel·lies
1. See abdomen.
2. The underside of the body of certain vertebrate animals, such as a snake.
3. A cut of meat from the underside of an animal, especially a pig.
4. Informal
a. The stomach.
b. An appetite for food.
5. The womb; the uterus.
6.
a. A part that bulges or protrudes: the belly of a sail.
b. Anatomy The bulging, central part of a muscle.
7. 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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bellying - curving outwardbellying - curving outward      
protrusive - thrusting outward
References in classic literature ?
Hawtayne bent his weight upon the tiller, and crouched to see under the bellying sail.
An extreme case of the bellying can be that the bridge on the instrument pulls completely off the top of the guitar.