belly: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (bel'ē), [key]
— n., pl. v., -lies, -lied, -ly•ing.
  1. the front or under part of a vertebrate body from the breastbone to the pelvis, containing the abdominal viscera; the abdomen.
  2. the stomach with its adjuncts.
  3. appetite or capacity for food; gluttony.
  4. the womb.
  5. the inside or interior of anything: the belly of a ship.
  6. a protuberant or bulging surface of anything: the belly of a flask.
  7. the fleshy part of a muscle.
  8. the front, inner, or under surface or part, as distinguished from the back.
  9. the front surface of a violin or similar instrument.
  10. a bulge on a vertical surface of fresh concrete.
  11. the underpart of the fuselage of an airplane.
  1. to fill out; swell: Wind bellied the sails.
  1. to swell out: Sails bellying in the wind.
  2. to crawl on one's belly: soldiers bellying through a rice paddy.
  3. to belly up to a bar.
    1. to approach closely, esp. until one is in physical contact:to belly up to a bar.
    2. to curry favor from:Would you have gotten the promotion if you hadn't bellied up to the boss?
  4. to come to an end; die; fail: After years of barely surviving on donations, the neighborhood social club finally went belly up.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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