- Usually bowels. the intestine.
- a part of the intestine.
- the inward or interior parts: the bowels of the earth.
- Archaic. feelings of pity or compassion.
verb (used with object), bow·eled, bow·el·ing or (especially British) bow·elled, bow·el·ling.
Origin of bowel
Examples from the Web for bowel
Anything in your gut sticks to the surface of charcoal like a magnet and gets carried out through a bowel movement.
The tumor in his colon had spread to four of his lymph nodes and penetrated the bowel wall.
“My dog has just had to learn good bladder and bowel control,” he jokes.In Florida, Sprawling Humans Confront the Bears Who Lived There First|Jacqui Goddard|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They can even help your digestion and the regularity of your bowel movements.Squats: The Absolutely Incredible Secret to Staying in Shape|Ari Meisel|January 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Oprah Winfrey guest starred on 30 Rock and talked about bowel movements.
There were about a dozen sick when you left, sick of ulcers, bowel and chest complaints.
Stricture of the bowel and very extensive ulceration attend all of these advanced cases of malignant rectal disease.
Of eighteen cases of known perforation, fifteen opened into the peritoneal cavity, and three into the bowel.Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
Stomach and bowel complaints rank next on the list, but we find that the deaths here only amounted to units.Prisoners Their Own Warders|J. F. A. McNair
In this manner, it is retracted into the bowel, but begins to descend again not long afterwards.
British Dictionary definitions for bowel
Word Origin for bowel
Word Origin and History for bowel
c.1300, from Old French boele "intestines, bowels, innards" (12c., Modern French boyau), from Medieval Latin botellus "small intestine," originally "sausage," diminutive of botulus "sausage," a word borrowed from Oscan-Umbrian, from PIE *gwet-/*geut- "intestine" (cf. Latin guttur "throat," Old English cwið, Gothic qiþus "belly, womb," German kutteln "guts, chitterlings").
Greek splankhnon (from the same PIE root as spleen) was a word for the principal internal organs, which also were felt in ancient times to be the seat of various emotions. Greek poets, from Aeschylus down, regarded the bowels as the seat of the more violent passions such as anger and love, but by the Hebrews they were seen as the seat of tender affections, especially kindness, benevolence, and compassion. Splankhnon was used in Septuagint to translate a Hebrew word, and from thence early Bibles in English rendered it in its literal sense as bowels, which thus acquired in English a secondary meaning of "pity, compassion" (late 14c.). But in later editions the word often was translated as heart. Bowel movement is attested by 1874.