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navel

Syllabification: na·vel
Pronunciation: /ˈnāvəl
 
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Definition of navel in English:

noun

1A rounded, knotty depression in the center of a person’s belly caused by the detachment of the umbilical cord after birth; the umbilicus.
Example sentences
  • Abdominal examination revealed a large scar from the navel downwards.
  • The child may have low back pain, stomach pain below the navel, or a long-lasting fever.
  • An umbilical hernia occurs when part of the intestine protrudes through a weakness in the abdominal wall at the navel.
Synonyms
1.1The central point of a place: the Incas saw Cuzco as the navel of the world
More example sentences
  • Such men must be honoured and respected, lest chaos engulf the navel of the world yet again.
  • Delphi was no longer the navel of the Greek world, acknowledged point of reference for the competing states.
  • They named the place Cuzco, " the navel of the world, " and the Inca nation was born.
Synonyms
center, central point, hub, focal point, focus, nucleus, heart, core
literary omphalos

Origin

Old English nafela, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch navel and German Nabel, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin umbo 'boss of a shield', umbilicus 'navel', and Greek omphalos 'boss, navel'. Compare with nave2.

Phrases

contemplate one's navel

1
Spend time complacently considering oneself or one’s own interests; concentrate on one issue at the expense of a wider view.
Example sentences
  • This is a famous soup from the Fujian Province, whose aroma was said to be so alluring that a meditating monk would abandon contemplating his navel and jump over the wall to indulge!
  • The yogi contemplating his navel often figures for Westerners as an object of amusement, being taken as a symptom of indolence or narcissistic self-absorption.
  • He came from High Times magazine, where he sat around and played video games and contemplated his navel.

Words that rhyme with navel

naval

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