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navel

the depression in the center of the belly where the umbilical cord had been attached
Not to be confused with:
naval – of the navy: Naval Academy; pertaining to ships: naval battle
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na·vel

 (nā′vəl)
n.
1. The mark on the surface of the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached during gestation. Also called umbilicus.
2. A central point; a middle.

[Middle English, from Old English nafela; see nobh- in Indo-European roots.]
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navel

(ˈneɪvəl)
n
1. (Anatomy) the scar in the centre of the abdomen, usually forming a slight depression, where the umbilical cord was attached. Technical name: umbilicus
2. a central part, location, or point; middle
3. (Cookery) short for navel orange
[Old English nafela; related to Old Frisian navla, Old High German nabulo (German Nabel), Latin umbilīcus]
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na•vel

(ˈneɪ vəl)

n.
1. the depression in the surface of the abdomen where the umbilical cord was connected with the fetus; umbilicus.
2. the central point of any thing or place.
[before 900; Old English nafela, c. Old High German nabalo, Old Norse nafli; akin to Latin umbilīcus, Greek omphalós, Skt nābhīla]
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navel

  • omphalos - From the Greek word meaning "navel"—for the round stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi supposed to mark the center of the earth—it describes the center, heart, or hub of a place, organization, or sphere of activity.
  • omphaloskepsis - Contemplation of one's navel as an aid to meditation.
  • navel, umbilicus, belly button, omphalodium - The navel is also the umbilicus, belly button, or omphalodium; navel and umbilicus share the same Indo-European root.
  • umbilical - From Latin umbilicus, "navel."
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.navel - a scar where the umbilical cord was attachednavel - 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"
abdomen, belly, stomach, venter - the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
point - the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
2.navel - the center point or middle of something; "the Incas believed that Cuzco was the navel of the universe"
midpoint, centre, center - a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
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navel

noun
1. bellybutton (informal), tummy button (informal) A small incision is made just below the navel.
2. centre, eye, heart, middle, focus, core, nucleus, hub, focal point, pivot, nub, central point, midpoint The city was once the jewel in the navel of the Gold Coast.
Related words
technical name umbilicus
adjective umbilical
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Translations
سُرَّةٌسُرَّه
pupekpupík
navle
umbiliko
naba
napa
pupak
köldök
nafli
へそ
배꼽
umbilicus
bamba
naba
buric
pupok
pupakпупак
navel
สะดือ
пупок
rốnrún

navel

[ˈneɪvəl] Nombligo m
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navel

[ˈneɪvəl] nnombril mnavel-gazing [ˈneɪvəlgeɪzɪŋ] nnombrilisme mnavel orange nnavel f
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navel

n
(Anat) → Nabel m
(also navel orange)Navelorange f
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navel

[ˈneɪvl] nombelico
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navel

(neivəl) noun
the small hollow in the front of the abdomen, just below the middle of the waist.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

navel

سُرَّةٌ pupek navle Nabel ομφαλός ombligo napa nombril pupak ombelico へそ 배꼽 navel navle pępek umbigo пупок navel สะดือ göbek rốn 肚脐
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na·vel

n. ombligo.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

navel

n ombligo
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References in classic literature ?
Here's the ship's navel, this doubloon here, and they are all on fire to unscrew it.
From every point of the horizon enormous waves were meeting, forming a gulf justly called the "Navel of the Ocean," whose power of attraction extends to a distance of twelve miles.
He is the god who sits in the center, on the navel of the earth, and he is the interpreter of religion to all mankind.
Adamas then sought shelter under cover of his men, but Meriones followed after and hit him with a spear midway between the private parts and the navel, where a wound is particualrly painful to wretched mortals.
I saw Delhi shake at least- and Delhi is the navel of the world.'
There's an attraction here--here you have the end of the world, an anchorage, a quiet haven, the navel of the earth, the three fishes that are the foundation of the world, the essence of pancakes, of savoury fish- pies, of the evening samovar, of soft sighs and warm shawls, and hot stoves to sleep on--as snug as though you were dead, and yet you're alive--the advantages of both at once!
Perhaps Paraguay offers the most curious instance of this; for here neither cattle nor horses nor dogs have ever run wild, though they swarm southward and northward in a feral state; and Azara and Rengger have shown that this is caused by the greater number in Paraguay of a certain fly, which lays its eggs in the navels of these animals when first born.
Samiel identified the symptoms as sudden pain that begins on the right side of the lower abdomen, pain that begins around your navel and often shifts to your lower right abdomen.
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Discard any pits (sometimes found even in navel oranges), then arrange the orange slices on the baking sheets in a single layer.
The function was held at a vocational institution being run by NGO Cooperative Foundation under the supervision of the former navel chief.