|—n , pl -lies|
|1.||the lower or front part of the body of a vertebrate, containing the intestines and other abdominal organs; abdomenRelated: ventral|
|2.||the stomach, esp when regarded as the seat of gluttony|
|3.||a part, line, or structure that bulges deeply: the belly of a sail|
|4.||the inside or interior cavity of something: the belly of a ship|
|5.||the front or inner part or underside of something|
|6.||the surface of a stringed musical instrument over which the strings are stretched|
|7.||the thick central part of certain muscles|
|8.||(Austral), (NZ) the wool from a sheep's belly|
|9.||tanning the portion of a hide or skin on the underpart of an animal|
|10.||archery the surface of the bow next to the bowstring|
|11.||archaic the womb|
|12.||informal go belly up to die, fail, or come to an end|
|—vb , -lies, -lies, -lying, -lied|
|13.||to swell out or cause to swell out; bulge|
|[Old English belig; related to Old High German balg, Old Irish bolg sack, Sanskrit barhi chaff]|
belly bel·ly (běl'ē)
The womb; the uterus.
The bulging, central part of a muscle. Also called venter.
the seat of the carnal affections (Titus 1:12; Phil. 3:19; Rom. 16:18). The word is used symbolically for the heart (Prov. 18:8; 20:27; 22:18, marg.). The "belly of hell" signifies the grave or underworld (Jonah 2:2).
see go belly up.
a thin plate of wood or a stretched membrane lying directly under the strings of a stringed musical instrument. It vibrates in response to the vibrations of the strings (transmitted to it by the bridge, an elastic piece of wood held under pressure or tension between the strings and soundboard), amplifying the faint sound produced by the string alone.
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