belly


belly
/ˈbɛli / (say 'belee)

noun (plural bellies)
1. the front or underpart of a vertebrate body from the breastbone to the pelvis, containing the abdominal viscera; the abdomen.
2. the stomach with its adjuncts.
3. appetite for food; gluttony.
4. the womb.
5. the inside or interior of anything: the belly of a ship.
6. a protuberant or bulging surface of anything: the belly of a flask.
7. Archery the curved inner side of the bow.
8. Anatomy the fleshy part of a muscle.
9. Also, belly cut. Timber Industry a cut or scarf made in a tree on the side it is expected to fall.
10. the front, inner, or undersurface or part (opposed to back).
11. (plural) belly-wool of sheep: *So – apart from the first rough division into `locks',`bellies' and `fleeces' – the fleece itself now lies subdivided into three parts –c.e.w. bean, 1910.
12. Music the front surface of a violin or similar instrument, bearing the strings.
verb (bellied, bellying)
verb (i)
13. to swell out.
verb (t)
14. to cause to bulge.
15. to shear the wool from the belly of the sheep, before shearing the main fleece.
phrase
16. go belly up, Colloquial to fail: the business went belly up after devaluation.
{Middle English bely, Old English belig bag, skin, variant of belg, whence bellow(s)}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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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

  • Belly — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Belly Información personal Nombre real Ahmad Balshe …   Wikipedia Español

  • 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 up — {v.}, {informal} To go bankrupt, become afunctional; to die. * /Uncompetitive small businesses must eventually all belly up./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • belly up — {v.}, {informal} To go bankrupt, become afunctional; to die. * /Uncompetitive small businesses must eventually all belly up./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • 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 up to — (US sl) To go directly or purposefully towards • • • Main Entry: ↑belly * * * belly up to [phrasal verb] belly up to (someone or something) US, informal : to walk to or toward (someone or something) The men bellied up to the bar. • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • belly up — el ly up , belly up el ly up , a. [from analogy to the position of a floating dead fish.] defunct; bankrupt; used mostly of commercial organizations; often used in the phrase {go belly up}, i. e. to go bankrupt. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belly-up — el ly up , belly up el ly up , a. [from analogy to the position of a floating dead fish.] defunct; bankrupt; used mostly of commercial organizations; often used in the phrase {go belly up}, i. e. to go bankrupt. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belly up — bel‧ly up [ˌbeli ˈʌp] adverb informal FINANCE COMMERCE go belly up if a company goes belly up, it stops trading because it cannot pay its debts …   Financial and business terms