- 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.
- bowditch's law,
- bowditch, nathaniel,
- bowel bypass,
- bowel bypass syndrome,
- bowel movement,
- bowell, sir mackenzie
Origin of bowel
Examples from the Web for bowels
The last body finally was recovered from the bowels of the ship in October.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The one woman since Rivers to find success in late-night, Chelsea Handler on the bowels of cable on the E!Joan Rivers's Trailblazing, Troubled, and Complicated Role in Late-Night TV|Kevin Fallon|September 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In my dreams he was a sensual man who also had a hard time moving his bowels.Making Lincoln Sexy: Jerome Charyn’s Fictional President|Tom LeClair|March 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The bacteria in the bowels of livestock are influenced by the antibiotics gobbled up.
I felt I had to tread carefully because the man, were he alive, would not appreciate a discussion of his bowels.
Her bowels moved infrequently and she always needed laxatives.The Nervous Housewife|Abraham Myerson
It is most frequently caused, however, in childhood by some disturbance in the stomach or bowels.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)|Grant Hague
Cancer of the liver in some instances does, and in others does not, produce dropsy of the bowels.
I had been in this hell-on-earth for fifteen days without any secretion from the bowels.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
It possesses the advantage of exercising but little irritant effect upon the bowels.
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.