I. noun (plural bellies) Etymology: Middle English bely bellows, belly, from Old English belg bag, skin; akin to Old High German balg bag, skin, Old English blāwan to blow — more at blow Date: before 12th century 1. a. abdomen 1; also potbelly 1 b. the stomach and its adjuncts c. the undersurface of an animal's body; also hide from this part d. womb, uterus 2. an internal cavity ; interior 3. appetite for food 4. a surface or object curved or rounded like a human belly 5. a. the enlarged fleshy body of a muscle b. the part of a sail that swells out when filled with wind 6. gut 1a(2) II. verb (bellied; bellying) Date: 1606 transitive verb to cause to swell or fill out <
wind bellying the sails
intransitive verb 1. swell, fill 2. a. to slide or crawl on one's belly b. belly-land

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Belly — may refer to: *(slang/colloquial) The abdomen, the part of the body between the pelvis and the thorax or, similarly, to the stomach **A beer belly, an overhang of fat above the waist, presumably caused by regular beer ingestion. **Belly dance… …   Wikipedia

  • Belly — Годы 1991 1996 Страна …   Википедия

  • belly — [bel′ē] n. pl. bellies [ME beli < OE belg, leather bag, purse, bellows < IE base * bhelĝh , to swell, bag (< * bhel , to inflate) > Ir bolg, sack, belly, ON bylgja, billow, Goth balgs, leather bottle] 1. the lower front part of the… …   English World dictionary

  • belly — UK US /ˈbeli/ noun ● go belly up Cf. go belly up …   Financial and business terms

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  • belly — ► NOUN (pl. bellies) 1) the front part of the human body below the ribs, containing the stomach and bowels. 2) a person s stomach. 3) the rounded underside of a ship or aircraft. 4) the top surface of a violin or similar instrument, over which… …   English terms dictionary

  • Belly — Bel ly, v. i. To swell and become protuberant, like the belly; to bulge. [1913 Webster] The bellying canvas strutted with the gale. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Belly — C est en Charente que le nom est le plus fréquent. Il semble que ce soit une forme latinisée ou un diminutif de Beau, Bel, équivalent de Belin, Bellin. A noter cependant divers hameaux Belly dans le Sud Ouest, notamment en Gironde (Aubiac, Birac) …   Noms de famille

  • Belly — Bel ly, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bellied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bellying}.] To cause to swell out; to fill. [R.] [1913 Webster] Your breath of full consent bellied his sails. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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