Belly Bel"ly (b[e^]l"l[y^]), n.; pl. {Bellies} (-l[i^]z). [OE. bali, bely, AS. belg, b[ae]lg, b[ae]lig, bag, bellows, belly; akin to Icel. belgr bag, bellows, Sw. b["a]lg, Dan. b[ae]lg, D. & G. balg, cf. W. bol the paunch or belly, dim. boly, Ir. bolg. Cf. {Bellows}, {Follicle}, {Fool}, {Bilge}.] 1. That part of the human body which extends downward from the breast to the thighs, and contains the bowels, or intestines; the abdomen. [1913 Webster]

Note: Formerly all the splanchnic or visceral cavities were called bellies; -- the lower belly being the abdomen; the middle belly, the thorax; and the upper belly, the head. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

2. The under part of the body of animals, corresponding to the human belly. [1913 Webster]

Underneath the belly of their steeds. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. The womb. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee. --Jer. i. 5. [1913 Webster]

4. The part of anything which resembles the human belly in protuberance or in cavity; the innermost part; as, the belly of a flask, muscle, sail, ship. [1913 Webster]

Out of the belly of hell cried I. --Jonah ii. 2. [1913 Webster]

5. (Arch.) The hollow part of a curved or bent timber, the convex part of which is the back. [1913 Webster]

{Belly doublet}, a doublet of the 16th century, hanging down so as to cover the belly. --Shak.

{Belly fretting}, the chafing of a horse's belly with a girth. --Johnson.

{Belly timber}, food. [Ludicrous] --Prior.

{Belly worm}, a worm that breeds or lives in the belly (stomach or intestines). --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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