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