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noun (plural bellies)
the front part of the human trunk below the ribs, containing the stomach and bowels. the stomach, especially as representing the body’s need for food:they’ll fight all the better on empty bellies the underside of a bird or other animal. a cut of pork from the underside between the legs. a pig’s belly as food, especially as a traded commodity. the rounded underside of a ship or aircraft. the top surface of an instrument of the violin family, across which the strings are placed.
verb (bellies, bellying, bellied)
1swell or cause to swell: [no object]:as she leaned forward her sweater bellied out [with object]:the wind bellied the sail out 2 [no object]
(belly up to
) North American informal move or sit close to (a bar or table):regulars who first bellied up to the bar years before