Adjective "belly" definition and examples

(Belly may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈbɛli/

Definitions and examples

noun

The front part of the human trunk below the ribs, containing the stomach and bowels.
  1. 'So the advance in laparoscopy has allowed just the instruments to enter the belly.'
  2. 'He held his breath and swung his arms out, but a fist buried itself in his belly, emptying his lungs, and when he sucked in air, he knew he was in terrible trouble.'
  3. 'Our little girl was wriggling around trying to get comfy while the sonographer bounced the ultrasound stick on my belly to try and get her to shift to a good position so we could see all four chambers of her heart.'
  4. 'Starting in her belly, an animal like grumble worked its way from her gut to her throat.'
  5. 'My hands went to the Doctor's chest and I made to push, but he batted my arms apart and drove two stiffened fingers into my belly.'
  6. 'Grubby politicians kiss babies; but these two cynical opportunists have chosen to exploit emaciated infants with distended bellies as the visual soundbite for 2005.'
  7. 'The next day I finally got food in my belly and I kissed the one that fed me with all my heart'
  8. 'I want to be part of the generation that says no to extreme poverty, says no to the idea that children can die for the lack of a cheap immunization or food in his belly.'
  9. 'Then she decided that I needed some solid food in my belly, so she made me sit at the dining room table and forbade me from helping her while she made a hearty dinner for us.'
  10. 'She claims to know what I need, and perhaps she does, because I need so little - the sun to rise; food in my belly.'
  11. 'What we have done is to feed them enough to fill their bellies of the right foods, giving them no more than they need at one time, but doing it several times a day.'
  12. 'In the long term, we want our agricultural policies to focus on producing food to fill our bellies and not on producing crops to service our debts.'
  13. 'Taking these drugs is quite a complicated procedure, which often involves taking a combination of 10 or more drugs at the correct time of day, and not on a belly starved of food or water.'
  14. 'Pride doesn't pay the bills, keep the wolf from the door or put food in bellies.'
  15. 'But after this, he thought of what a sensational delight it would be to feel tears running backwards through himself and into his empty belly.'
  16. 'You have a decent place to live, electricity, food in your belly, clean water to drink, clothes on your back, etc.'
  17. 'Food was scarce, and the infant Ono made up a game of visualising sumptuous feasts to keep their minds off their empty bellies.'
  18. 'The animal rolled onto his belly and slowly sat up from the position.'
  19. 'Laying on their bellies, horses concealed by brush, James, Adam and Hoss waited, scarcely breathing.'
  20. 'His belly and flanks are white, and his rump is black.'
  21. 'With quickness and agility, the boy went under the belly of the horse, dodging big hooves and the swishing head of the beast.'
  22. 'The ventral or under side of the animal including the belly, is lighter in color than the dorsal or top side. They can have prominent hip stripes.'
  23. 'The Silver-eyes, like the ones I saw in Australia, have gray backs and gray bellies.'
  24. 'But the wily Ulysses had tied his men under the bellies of the animals.'
  25. 'And you have to be certain that you don't get impatient and smack the horse in the belly and ruin everything it was understanding up to that point.'
  26. 'The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun beating its legs trying to turn itself over but it can't, not without your help, but you're not helping.'
  27. 'The dish is whale, minke whale, a little strip of raw flesh from the belly of an animal protected from commercial hunting by a moratorium that has survived 15 years.'
  28. 'They contain lots of seasonings, and the ingredients are mostly high in saturated fat, for example, pork belly, fatty meat or instant noodles.'
  29. 'The food is both inventive and hearty - braised belly pork with black pudding, anyone?'
  30. 'In China I had to be dragged away from Dong Po pork, a dish of fatty belly pork cooked for four hours with rice wine, ginger, sugar and soy sauce until it is translucent.'
  31. '‘We use those parts of the pig that are the least valued: the soft belly pork, the lungs, head, ears, tongue and kidneys ’, body parts which have no place in the average steak and roast regime.'
  32. 'Reheat pork belly in simmering water for ten minutes and cut open bag.'
  33. 'Octopus and squid ceviche, salt cod croquettes and pot-roast belly pork and cheeks were all good enough to go back for.'
  34. 'This morning, fairly confident that I could maintain a steady supply of smoke at a fairly constant temperature I hung the 2 sides of belly pork in to be smoked for 24 hours.'
  35. 'Tuna confit with pork belly and béarnaise was another new notion that did not fail.'
  36. 'Choucroute, a statement of Alsatian identity on a plate, is a sturdy dish of sauerkraut laden with cured and boiled meats: smoked sausage, ham knuckles, belly pork.'
  37. 'He has brought a piece of Village Farm's belly pork and the head chef wants him to prepare and cook a signature menu for the restaurant.'
  38. 'It could be tied to commodities like a bushel of wheat, or a pork belly.'
  39. 'The owners treated their serfs as if they were a commodity like pork bellies.'
  40. 'After all, pork bellies are a commodity, and they make the Farm Report every day.'
The rounded underside of a ship or aircraft.
  1. 'The prisoners milled around the belly of the ship as they tried to find a place to call home.'
  2. 'Most of the incoming freight arrives at Heathrow in the belly of wide-bodied passenger aircraft and is then sent onwards to Scotland via road, rail and sea.'
  3. 'So now the aircraft's on its belly sliding down the runway.'
  4. 'But, before we can fully digest our thoughts, a man pushes us down a set of stairs into the belly of the ship.'
  5. 'On the other hand, the airframe damage to the aircraft belly was considerable.'
  6. 'Styles had reached the belly of the ship where two men were hard at work pumping the bilge.'
  7. 'Bull came up from the belly of the ship and stood on the deck.'
  8. 'NASA officials say they don't think a piece of tile that hit Discovery's belly during liftoff is a serious matter.'
  9. 'Often it arrived in the form of ballast in the bellies of ships, which ensured that everything apart from the bilge water could be traded to maximise the trip.'
  10. 'Matthew followed the others to the stairwell that led down into the belly of the ship.'
  11. 'They went to the belly of the ship, further than Ramona had ever ventured, and found a door.'
  12. 'The lira type had a broad pear shape, with a wooden belly and usually three strings.'
  13. 'On the cello the distance from the top nut to the top edge of the belly is 28 cm, from the edge of the belly to the bridge 40 - 42 cm.'

verb

Swell or cause to swell.
  1. with object 'the wind bellied the sail out'
  2. 'And the sails were bellied out by the wind, and far from the coast were they joyfully borne past the Posideian headland.'
  3. 'Then the partitioning curtain bellied out ahead of a draught, and ashes from the fire scudded in among our bare feet.'
Move or sit close to (a bar or table)
  1. 'The two men looked at us as we bellied up to the bar.'
  2. 'I knew Whiskey Bar had picked up a decent-sized market share (thanks in no small part to the quality of the commenters who belly up to the bar here) but I had no idea how much this kind of thing costs.'
  3. 'But now, even in Lexington, Kentucky - the heart of Tobacco Country - a man can no longer belly up to the bar and have a cold one and smoke.'
  4. 'Cowboys belly up to the bar, drinking the local brew.'
  5. 'When it comes time to make a deal, we know how to get them to belly up to the bar.'
  6. 'So, on went the leash and Cinnamon bellied up to the bar.'
  7. 'Although medical professionals have praised the current health drive, which encourages alcoholics to acknowledge their condition and seek remedial help, they are eager to prevent a fresh generation from bellying up to the bar.'
  8. '‘You're the first,’ the bartender said as I bellied up to the little bar at Sueños, the aptly named new Mexican restaurant in Chelsea.'
  9. 'I bellied up to a flimsy, portable bar that had been set up for the occasion.'
  10. 'So on my first visit, I dutifully bellied up to the upstairs sushi bar, ordered a shiny portion of botan shrimp, and prepared to ignore the contents of the standard brasserie menu filled with the same old tired frites and frisée salads.'
  11. 'Soon a small posse of men in black roll into town in big dark luxury car and belly up to the diner counter.'

More definitions

noun, plural bellies.

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. Anatomy. the fleshy part of a muscle.

8. the front, inner, or under surface or part, as distinguished from th

Origin

Old English belig ‘bag’, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning ‘swell, be inflated’.

Phrase

go belly up