English - Etymology
From Middle English beli, from Old English bælġ, from Proto-Germanic *balgiz. Compare German Balg, Dutch balg. Probably ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bhle- (“to swell, blow up”). See also bellows.
English - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /bɛli/
- Rhymes: -ɛli
English - Noun
- The abdomen.
- The stomach, especially a fat one.
- The womb.
- The lower fuselage of an airplane.
- The part of anything which resembles the human belly in protuberance or in cavity; the innermost part.
- (architecture) The hollow part of a curved or bent timber, the convex part of which is the back.
- 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.
English - Verb
- To position one's belly.
- (intransitive) To swell and become protuberant; to bulge.
- (transitive) To cause to swell out; to fill.