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bellum omnium contra omnes
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Belly definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BEL'LY, n.
1. That part of the human body which extends from the breast to the thighs, containing the bowels. It is called also the abdomen or lower belly, to distinguish it from the head and breast, which are sometimes called bellies, from their cavity.
2. The part of a beast, corresponding to the human belly.
3. The womb. Jer
1:5.
4. The receptacle of food; that which requires food, in opposition to the back.
Whose god is their belly. Philippians 3.
5. The part of any thing which resembles the human belly in protuberance or cavity, as of a harp or a bottle.
6. Any hollow inclosed place; as the belly of hell, in Jonah.
7. In scripture, belly is used for the heart. Prov
18:8. 20.30.John
7:38. Carnal lusts, sensual pleasure. Rom
16:18. Phil
3:19. The whole man. Titus
1:12.
BEL'LY, v.t. To fill; to swell out.
BEL'LY, v.i. To swell and become protuberant, like the belly; as bellying goblets; bellying canvas.
1. To strut.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis [syn: abdomen, venter, stomach, belly]
2: a protruding abdomen [syn: belly, paunch]
3: a part that bulges deeply; "the belly of a sail"
4: the hollow inside of something; "in the belly of the ship"
5: the underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fish v
1: swell out or bulge out [syn: belly, belly out]

Merriam Webster's

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 bl?wan 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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. (pl. -ies) 1 the part of the human body below the chest, containing the stomach and bowels. 2 the stomach, esp. representing the body's need for food. 3 the front of the body from the waist to the groin. 4 the underside of a four-legged animal. 5 a a cavity or bulging part of anything. b the surface of an instrument of the violin family, across which the strings are placed. --v.tr. & intr. (-ies, -ied) (often foll. by out) swell or cause to swell; bulge. Phrases and idioms: belly button colloq. the navel. belly-dance an oriental dance performed by a woman, involving voluptuous movements of the belly. belly-dancer a woman who performs belly-dances, esp. professionally. belly-dancing the performance of belly-dances. belly-landing a crash-landing of an aircraft on the underside of the fuselage, without lowering the undercarriage. belly-laugh a loud unrestrained laugh. Etymology: OE belig (orig. = bag) f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Belly Bel"ly, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bellied; p. pr. & vb. n. Bellying.] To cause to swell out; to fill. [R.] Your breath of full consent bellied his sails. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. 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. 2. The under part of the body of animals, corresponding to the human belly. Underneath the belly of their steeds. --Shak. 3. The womb. [Obs.] Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee. --Jer. i. 5. 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. Out of the belly of hell cried I. --Jonah ii. 2. 5. (Arch.) The hollow part of a curved or bent timber, the convex part of which is the back. 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Belly Bel"ly, v. i. To swell and become protuberant, like the belly; to bulge. The bellying canvas strutted with the gale. --Dryden.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(bellies) 1. The belly of a person or animal is their stomach or abdomen. In British English, this is an informal or literary use. She laid her hands on her swollen belly... You'll eat so much your belly'll be like a barrel. = stomach, tummy N-COUNT: with poss see also beer belly, pot belly 2. If a company goes belly up, it does not have enough money to pay its debts. (INFORMAL) I really can't afford to see this company go belly up. = go bust PHRASE: V inflects

Easton's Bible Dictionary

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).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

bel'-i: gachon = "the external abdomen" (Ge 3:14; Le 11:42). qobhah = "the abdominal cavity" (Nu 25:8 the American Standard Revised Version "body"). beTen = "the internal abdomen," "the womb" (1Ki 7:20; Job 15:2,35 the King James Version; Job 20:15,23; 40:16; Ps 17,14; Pr 13:25; 18:20; Jer 1:5; Eze 3:3); also figuratively "the internal regions," "the body of anything" (Jon 2:2). me`eh = "intestines," "abdomen" (Da 2:32; Jon 1:17; 2:1,2). In the New Testament koilia = "a cavity," espec ially the abdominal (Mt 12:40; 15:17; Mr 7:19); the seat of appetite and of the carnal affections (Ro 16:18; 1Co 6:13; Php 3:19; Re 10:9,10); the innermost of the soul (the American Revised Version, margin Joh 7:38).

Frank E. Hirsch

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Abdomen, paunch. 2. Convexity, swell, swelling, bulge, protuberance. 3. Concavity, hollow, deep, depth or depths, recesses, womb, bosom, bowels, cave, cavernous depths, penetralia. II. v. a. Inflate, swell out, fill, round, round out. III. v. n. Swell, swell out, protrude, be protuberant.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

His eye was bigger than his belly; a saying of a person at a table, who takes more on his plate than he can eat.

Moby Thesaurus

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