verb (used with object)

(of an aviator) to land (an aircraft) directly on the fuselage, as because of defective landing gear.

verb (used without object)

(of an aircraft) to land directly on the fuselage, without using the landing gear.

Origin of belly-land

First recorded in 1940–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for belly-land

Historical Examples of belly-land

  • But there is a chance I can belly-land without that grenade blowing.

    Space Platform

    Murray Leinster