|—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).