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BELLY (bellied)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does belly mean? 

BELLY (noun)
  The noun BELLY has 5 senses:

1. the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
2. a protruding abdomen
3. a part that bulges deeply
4. the hollow inside of something
5. the underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fish

  Familiarity information: BELLY used as a noun is common.


BELLY (verb)
  The verb BELLY has 1 sense:

1. swell out or bulge out

  Familiarity information: BELLY used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BELLY (noun)


Sense 1belly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

abdomen; belly; venter; stomach

Hypernyms ("belly" is a kind of...):

body part (any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity)

Meronyms (parts of "belly"):

abdominal wall (a wall of the abdomen)

abdomen; abdominal cavity (the cavity containing the major viscera; in mammals it is separated from the thorax by the diaphragm)

ab; abdominal; abdominal muscle (the muscles of the abdomen)

bellybutton; navel; omphalos; omphalus; umbilicus (scar where the umbilical cord was attached)

bowel; gut; intestine (the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus)

hypochondrium (the upper region of the abdomen just below the lowest ribs on either side of the epigastrium)

arteria colica; colic artery (arteries that supply blood to the colon)

abdominal aorta (a branch of the descending aorta)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "belly"):

underbelly; underbody (the soft belly or underside of an animal's body)

Holonyms ("belly" is a part of...):

body; torso; trunk (the body excluding the head and neck and limbs)


Sense 2belly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A protruding abdomen

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

paunch; belly

Hypernyms ("belly" is a kind of...):

adipose tissue; fat; fatty tissue (a kind of body tissue containing stored fat that serves as a source of energy; it also cushions and insulates vital organs)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "belly"):

bay window; corporation; pot; potbelly; tummy (slang for a paunch)

Holonyms ("belly" is a part of...):

body; torso; trunk (the body excluding the head and neck and limbs)


Sense 3belly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A part that bulges deeply

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Context example:

the belly of a sail

Hypernyms ("belly" is a kind of...):

bulge; bump; excrescence; extrusion; gibbosity; gibbousness; hump; jut; prominence; protrusion; protuberance (something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings)


Sense 4belly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The hollow inside of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Context example:

in the belly of the ship

Hypernyms ("belly" is a kind of...):

inside; interior (the inner or enclosed surface of something)


Sense 5belly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fish

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("belly" is a kind of...):

underpart (a part lying on the lower side or underneath an animal's body)

Holonyms ("belly" is a part of...):

craniate; vertebrate (animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium)


BELLY (verb)


Sense 1belly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Swell out or bulge out

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

belly; belly out

Hypernyms (to "belly" is one way to...):

intumesce; swell; swell up; tumefy; tumesce (expand abnormally)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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