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[n] the underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fish
[n] a protruding abdomen
[n] the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
[n] the hollow inside of something; "in the belly of the ship"
[n] a part that bulges deeply; "the belly of a sail"
[v] swell out or bulge out

Misc. Definitions

\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.
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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.

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

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