from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The soft belly or underside of an animal's body.
  • noun The bottom side or part.
  • noun The vulnerable or weak part or aspect.
  • noun The corrupt or immoral part or aspect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The lower ventral part of the abdomen of an animal, especially one that walks on four feet.
  • noun The surface of an object closest to the ground, especially of an extended object such as an airplane.
  • noun The weak point of an object vulnerable to attack; used especially in the phrase “the soft underbelly”.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun figuratively The side which is not normally seen

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of being weak or unprotected
  • noun lower side
  • noun the soft belly or underside of an animal's body


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  • under-bell-ly

    April 28, 2011