• WordNet 3.6
    • n navel a scar where the umbilical cord was attached "you were not supposed to show your navel on television","they argued whether or not Adam had a navel","she had a tattoo just above her bellybutton"
    • n navel the center point or middle of something "the Incas believed that Cuzco was the navel of the universe"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Navel oranges got their name because the bottom of this type of orange resembles a belly button or navel
    • Navel (Anat) A mark or depression in the middle of the abdomen; the umbilicus; called also belly button in humans. See Umbilicus.
    • Navel (Gun) An eye on the under side of a carronade for securing it to a carriage.
    • Navel The central part or point of anything; the middle. "Within the navel of this hideous wood,
      Immured in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Levan, which is located in Utah, got its name from "navel" which is levan spelt backwards. It was named this because it is in the center of Utah
    • n navel In anatomy, a mark or scar in the middle of the belly where the umbilical cord was attached in the fetus; the umbilieus; the omphalos.
    • n navel The central point or part of anything; the middle.
    • n navel The nave of a wheel.
    • n navel In ordnance, same as narel bolt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "samba" means "to rub navels together."
    • n Navel nāv′l the mark or depression in the centre of the lower part of the abdomen, at first a small projection
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. nafela, fr. nafu, nave; akin to D. navel, G. nabel, OHG. nabolo, Icel. nafli, Dan. navle, Sw. nafle, L. umbilicus, Gr. 'omfalo`s, Skr. nābhīla,. √260. See Nave hub, and cf. Omphalic Nombril Umbilical
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. nafela, dim. of nafu, nave.


In literature:

Umbilicate: navel-shaped, or resembling a navel.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The navel is also drawn in and depressed.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Many peoples regard the navel as of erotic interest.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
There is a glandular opening on the back, just above the rump, that has been improperly called a navel.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
Some call it the navel of the sea, others Charybdis.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
When they did mingle with the people it was easy to distinguish them from the living, as they had no navel.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
All three women lay with chemises up to their navels, Lady A... on her back, I on the top of her (rising rapidly at the light).
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
A cut opening magically on Joe's chest from the left nipple to navel, and bled profusely.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Remove the peel from six large Florida Navel oranges.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
It hit the black swirling mass about navel high.
"The Very Black" by Dean Evans
Whether Adam and Eve were created with navels?
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
We are the populace of this outlaw colony at the far navel of the earth.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
It's like talking metaphysics to a bull; the first you know, you get a horn in your navel.
"The Truth About Tristrem Varick" by Edgar Saltus
A bladder, suspended from the belly, near the navel, contains the precious substance, the musk.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
By the navel of the Pope!
"The Abbatial Crosier" by Eugène Sue
Note the ventral grooves, 56 to 100 and extending at least to the navel.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
When the head is born, see that the navel cord is not twisted around the child's neck.
"What a Young Husband Ought to Know" by Sylvanus Stall
I'll have to make a small incision near your navel and insert a tiny optical device.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
Your ears should be on the same plane as your shoulders and your nose in line with your navel.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
By the navel of Satan, by the horns of Moses, the thought of it exasperates me!
"The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion" by Eugène Sue

In poetry:

Dreaming serenely up the sky
Until exultantly on high,
It shimmers with superb delight,
The silver navel of the night.
"Moon-Lover" by Robert W Service
Hatched with a claret hogshead to swig
He kings it, navel-knit to no groan,
But at the price of a pin-stitched skin
Fish-tailed girls purchase each white leg.
"Maudlin" by Sylvia Plath
The Bell in the convent tower swung.
High overhead the great sun hung,
A navel for the curving sky.
The air was a blue clarity.
Swallows flew,
And a cock crew.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
His tanned trousers form a pedestal,
Coarse tree-trunk rising from the earth with bark
Peeled away at the navel to show
Shining torso of sun-burnished god
Breast of lyre, mouth coining song.
"The Labourer In The Vineyard" by Stephen Spender
(Death instrumental,
Splitting the long eye open, and the spiral turnkey,
Your corkscrew grave centred in navel and nipple,
The neck of the nostril,
Under the mask and the ether, they making bloody
The tray of knives, the antiseptic funeral;
"I, In My Intricate Image" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Navel oranges, Healthy sweet and Juicy.
Young woman's navel-gazing frustrates but makes you think.
Navel-gazing follows 'Carter's' leap.
The club was also internationally famous for its attached institution of higher learning, the Pink Pussycat College of Strip Tease , familiarly called the Navel Academy of the West.
According to the Chilean Citrus Committee, which represents 85% of the citrus imported to North America from Chile, navel oranges are ripe for promotion to American consumers.
I'm a little tired of debate navel gazing, so let's look around for other topics to talk about.
HBO's Exercise in Millenial Navel-G. Chow Zona 78 on River Road Is Getting a Remodel.
Navel orangeworm activity was high in pistachios.
The Belly Button Biodiversity Project, which explores the bacterial ecosystems living in its participants navels, has discovered that a small number of bacterial phylotypes (or "species") dominate the micro-landscape.
6 oranges (navel, Cara Cara, or tangerine).
Tis The Season to Eat Oranges—and Grapefruit, Navels, Satsumas, and even Meyer's Lemons are ripe in my yard.
The other day, I stopped by my local Price Chopper to purchase some quick morning food – a navel orange and a diet cola.
The wait is over for navel oranges.
Better late than never is the slogan for this year's navel orange crop.
Actor Josh Radnor, the "I" in "How I Met Your Mother," stretches himself as writer, director and star of " Liberal Arts ," a comedy-drama overfilled with thirtysomething navel-gazing angst.

In science:

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Exponential-family Random Network Models
The transverse knot K (cid:48) = (K (cid:48) , 0) indicated by the black dot in Figure 1 will be referred to as core of the navel corresponding to (K, m).
Open book decompositions of fibre sums in contact topology
Then the framed knot (K, m) is transversely isotopic to the corresponding core (K (cid:48) , 0) of its navel.
Open book decompositions of fibre sums in contact topology
We are now going to define an isotopy Ks of transverse knots connecting K + with the core of the navel K (cid:48) .
Open book decompositions of fibre sums in contact topology