Bel"ly (?), n.; pl. Bellies (#). [OE. bali, bely, AS. belg, baelg, baelig, bag, bellows, belly; akin to Icel. belgr bag, bellows, Sw. balg, Dan. baelg, D. & G. balg, cf. W. bol the paunch or belly, dim. boly, Ir. bolg. Cf. Bellows, Follicle, Fool, Bilge.]


That part of the human body which extends downward from the breast to the thighs, and contains the bowels, or intestines; the abdomen.

⇒ 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.



The under part of the body of animals, corresponding to the human belly.

Underneath the belly of their steeds. Shak.


The womb.


Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee. Jer. i. 5.


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. 2.

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.


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Bel"ly, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bellied (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Bellying.]

To cause to swell out; to fill.


Your breath of full consent bellied his sails. Shak.


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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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