• WordNet 3.6
    • v belly swell out or bulge out
    • n belly the underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fish
    • n belly a protruding abdomen
    • n belly the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
    • n belly the hollow inside of something "in the belly of the ship"
    • n belly a part that bulges deeply "the belly of a sail"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The two factories of the Jelly Belly Candy Company produces approximately 100,000 pounds of jelly beans a day. this amounts to about 1,250,000 jelly beans an hour
    • Belly That part of the human body which extends downward from the breast to the thighs, and contains the bowels, or intestines; the abdomen.
    • Belly (Arch) The hollow part of a curved or bent timber, the convex part of which is the back.
    • Belly 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."
    • Belly The under part of the body of animals, corresponding to the human belly. "Underneath the belly of their steeds."
    • Belly The womb. "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.""All that openeth the matrix is mine."
    • v. t Belly To cause to swell out; to fill. "Your breath of full consent bellied his sails."
    • v. i Belly To swell and become protuberant, like the belly; to bulge. "The bellying canvas strutted with the gale."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ninety percent of the population has an innie belly button
    • n belly That part of the human body which extends from the breast to the groin, and contains the bowels: the part of the trunk between the diaphragm and the pelvis, considered as to its front and side walls and its cavity and contents; the abdomen. See cut under abdomen.
    • n belly The part of any animal which corresponds to the human belly; the abdomen in general.
    • n belly The stomach with its adjuncts: as, a hungry belly.
    • n belly The womb.
    • n belly The fleshy part of a muscle, as distinguished from its tendinous portion: as, the anterior belly of the digastricus muscle.
    • n belly The hollow or interior of an inclosed place.
    • n belly The part of anything which resembles the belly in protuberance or cavity, as of a bottle, a tool, a sail filled by the wind, a blast-furnace, etc.
    • n belly In technology, the inner, lower, or front surface or edge of anything. In engraving, the lower edge of a graver.
    • belly To fill; swell out.
    • belly To swell and become protuberant, like the belly; bulge out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most popular jelly belly jellybean flavour is buttered popcorn
    • n Belly bel′li the part of the body between the breast and the thighs, containing the bowels: the stomach, as the receptacle of the food: the bowels proper: the womb or uterus: the interior of anything: the bulging part of anything, as a bottle, or any concave or hollow surface, as of a sail: the inner or lower surface of anything, as opposed to the back, as of a violin, &c
    • adj Belly ventral, abdominal:
    • v.i Belly to swell or bulge out
    • adj Belly (theol.) belonging to the flesh, carnal
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  • Jonathan Swift
    “Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.”
  • Andre Gide
    “Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “I can reason down or deny everything, except this perpetual Belly: feed he must and will, and I cannot make him respectable.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “He who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.”
  • Charles Buck
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    “Their kitchen is their shrine, the cook their priest, the table their altar, and their belly their god.”
  • Andrea Dworkin
    “Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use.”


Belly up - If things go belly up, they go badly wrong.
Lower than a snake's belly - Someone or something that is lower than a snake's belly is of a very low moral standing.
Lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut - (USA) If someone or something is lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut, they are of low moral standing because a snake's belly is low and if the snake is in a wagon rut, it is really low.
Yellow-bellied - A yellow-bellied person is a coward.
Your belly button is bigger than your stomach - If your belly button is bigger than your stomach, you take on more responsibilities than you can handle.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bali, bely, AS. belg, bælg, bælig, bag, bellows, belly; akin to Icel. belgr, bag, bellows, Sw. bälg, Dan. bælg, D. & G. balg, cf. W. bol, the paunch or belly, dim. boly, Ir. bolg,. Cf. Bellows Follicle Fool Bilge


In literature:

SYMPTOMS: Colicky spells; poor appetite, indigestion, pot-belly, rough coat; swelling of the sheath, legs, and the lower surface of the belly.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
There was not a sign of blood; only a few places on each belly that looked shiny-like.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
Empty belly, and limbs like lead.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
No more belly-buttons, dear reader!
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
She got all we could earn or pilfer, and we got nothing for our backs but a few rags, and unwholesome fish and beer for our bellies.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
The ox teams bog down to they bellies in some places, and the wagon wheel mighty nigh bust on the big rocks in some places.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
Though they are oviparous, yet they are viviparous also, hatching their young within their bellies, and then bringing them forth.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1" by Gilbert White
None came, but instead, the yards bellied with the wind.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
That part of the body that was seen was of a uniform blood-red colour, though the belly or under side was much the lightest.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Quemadmodum a Cupidine, pro bellis amoris scribere coactus sit.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe

In poetry:

A false majority, by stealth,
Have got her fast, and sway the rod:
A headless tyrant built of wealth,
The hypocrite, the belly-God.
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
When they have worked their mighty will,
With life choked by a string
I'll belly my way up hell's high hill,
And sing! and sing!....
"Ballad Of A New Villon" by Benjamin Musser
His belly: we remembered how
It shook like a bowl of jelly fine:
An earthquake could not shake it now;
He HAD no belly — not a sign.
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
His belly fill'd, his budget plac'd,
A gift, in cash, his pocket grac'd.
He now prepar'd to march away,
And shine upon a summer's day.
"Lord Chesterfield And The Tinker" by William Hutton
"He crawled up while I was sleepin'
And he bit me while I was drunk;
I don't want to be belly-achin'
But that was the trick of a skunk.
"The Cowboy's Prayer" by Curley Fletcher
By the tiller lies the Pilot
On his belly, gently snoring.
Patching sails beside the foremast,
Cross-legged, squats the tarry ship-boy.
"The North Sea -- First Cycle" by Heinrich Heine

In news:

Michigan Gov declares financial emergency in Allen Park, city on hook for belly-up movie studio.
CocoRosie brought their unique sound to the Belly Up on June 8.
The sister act brought its unique sound to the Belly Up on June 8.
Belly up to Founders Brewery.
No one wins if The Overlook complex goes belly-up because of age restrictions.
Belly Up to the Bar at Le Grand Bistro.
The Plain Dealer's After Dark Bar Guide: 100 favorite places to belly up to the bar.
Belly up to the bar - your own bar, that is.
Now Celtics have to be thinking about belly-up Bruins.
Fire in the Belly, Or It's Belly Up.
Belly Up interviews our favorite bartenders around town.
Stars belly up to 'Banquet'.
Going Belly Up In Japan (Int'l Edition).
Jerry's View: Did WWI hero have air- conditioned belly.
Down With Love is a ball of fluff that draws smiles, a chortle or two, but not many belly laughs.

In science:

Belli et al., “Development of enriched cadmium t ungstate crystal scintillators to search for double beta decay processes in 106Cd ”, Preprint ROM2F/2008/17 – Roma 2 University, 20 08, 9 p. (to be published in Nucl.
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop "Radiopure Scintillators for EURECA" (RPScint'2008)
For much larger disorder the familiar pot-belly shape of ferromagnetic loops is recovered.
Hysteresis in Anti-Ferromagnetic Random-Field Ising Model at Zero Temperature
Scientometrics, 31(3), 251-260. Crane, D. (1972). Invisible colleges: diffusion of knowledge in scientific communities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. De Bellis, N. (2009). Bibliometrics and citation analysis: From the Science Citaion Index to cybermetrics.
Information Metrics (iMetrics): A Research Specialty with a Socio-Cognitive Identity?
Belli 29 gave the current status of the analysis, which shows an annual modulation with the proper features to be compatible with the presence of WIMPs in the Galactic halo.
Experimental Summary
Krizaj D., Simunic B. & Zagar T. (2008) Short-term repeatability of parameters extracted from radial displacement of muscle belly. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 18: 645-651.
The physical condition from the perspective of complexity: Application of a physical activity program for Alzheimer's disease