- 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
Related Words for bowelcore, guts, innards, entrails, deep, viscera, belly, interior, hold, intestines, penetralia, recesses, vitals
Examples from the Web for bowel
Contemporary Examples of bowel
Anything in your gut sticks to the surface of charcoal like a magnet and gets carried out through a bowel movement.Could Eating Charcoal Help You Detox?
September 20, 2014
The tumor in his colon had spread to four of his lymph nodes and penetrated the bowel wall.How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer
April 23, 2014
“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
March 22, 2014
They can even help your digestion and the regularity of your bowel movements.Squats: The Absolutely Incredible Secret to Staying in Shape
January 2, 2014
Oprah Winfrey guest starred on 30 Rock and talked about bowel movements.12 Most Absurd ‘30 Rock’ Moments (VIDEO)
January 31, 2013
Historical Examples of bowel
Bowel hygiene is an important part of the management of pregnancy.
In the first place, a definite time must be selected for bowel action.
Bowel movements may be regulated more easily than the urination.
If the bowel is at fault, constipation is the usual consequence.
The irrigations should be given every second night until the bowel is clean.
Word Origin 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.