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 ?
But while we stood admiring the cloud-capped peaks and the lowlands robed in misty gloom a finer picture burst upon us and chained every eye like a magnet--a stately ship, with canvas piled on canvas till she was one towering mass of bellying sail
Bert looked up and was filled with a sense of a number of monstrous bodies swooping down, coming down on the whole affair like a flight of bellying blankets, like a string of vast dish-covers.
Neither Number Thirteen nor any of his crew had ever before seen a boat, and outside of the leader there was scarcely enough brains in the entire party to render it at all likely that they could ever navigate it, but the young man saw that the other prahus were being propelled by the long sticks which protruded from their sides, and he also saw the sails bellying with wind, though he had but a vague conception of their purpose.