- a saclike enlargement of the alimentary canal, as in humans and certain animals, forming an organ for storing, diluting, and digesting food.
- such an organ or an analogous portion of the alimentary canal when divided into two or more sections or parts.
- any one of these sections.
- spirit; courage.
- pride; haughtiness.
- resentment; anger.
verb (used with object)
- stomach ache,
- stomach pump,
- stomach stapling,
- stomach sweetbread,
- stomach tooth
Origin of stomach
Examples from the Web for stomachs
There were stomachs, taut and flat, but also undulating bellies, soft and bloated from the breakfast buffet.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He flipped the two women onto their stomachs, flex-cuffing their wrists.
The worst were the stories about three dead abductees found in a river in Sloviansk with their stomachs cut open.The 26-Year-Old Woman Searching for Ukraine’s Disappeared|Anna Nemtsova|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The exhibition begins with a photo of two mermaids posed side-by-side on their stomachs with their tails sticking up in the air.
Thirty-two are being force-fed, a brutal process that involves Ensure being pumped through a tube snaked into their stomachs.
In the meantime, the expedition resumed its slow march, having eaten nothing but a few nuts to stay their stomachs.Stanley's Adventures in the Wilds of Africa|Joel Tyler Headley and William Fletcher Johnson
They'll remember it ef they have to tattoo it—on their stomachs.Gideon's Band|George W. Cable
Clumsy snow men rolled about on their stomachs over the floor.Top of the World Stories for Boys and Girls|Emilie Poulsson
Mary could not see what they were doing, for they were lying on their stomachs with their heads towards the wall.Mary Ware in Texas|Annie F. Johnston
The action of the first three stomachs is merely preparatory to digestion.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle|U.S. Department of Agriculture
verb (tr; used mainly in negative constructions)
Word Origin for stomach
c.1300, "internal pouch into which food is digested," from Old French estomac, from Latin stomachus "stomach, throat," also "pride, inclination, indignation" (which were thought to have their origin in that organ), from Greek stomachos "throat, gullet, esophagus," literally "mouth, opening," from stoma "mouth" (see stoma). Applied to the openings of various internal organs, especially the stomach, then to the stomach itself. Some 16c. anatomists tried to correct the sense back to "esophagus" and introduce ventricle for what we call the stomach. Meaning "belly, midriff, part of the body that contains the stomach" is from late 14c. Figurative senses in Latin extended into Middle English (cf. "relish, inclination, desire," 1510s). Stomach ache is from 1763.
"to tolerate, put up with," 1570s, from stomach (n.), probably in reference to digestion; earlier sense was opposite: "to be offended at, resent" (1520s), from Latin stomachari "to be resentful," from stomachus (n.) in its secondary sense of "pride, indignation." Related: Stomached; stomaching.
An organ in the digestive system, on the left side of the body behind the lower rib cage, that receives chewed food from the esophagus. Tiny glands in the stomach's lining secrete gastric juice, which contains acids, mucus, and enzymes. This fluid, along with the muscular churning actions of the stomach, helps transform food into a thick, semifluid mass that can be passed into the small intestine for digestion.
see butterflies in one's stomach; can't stand (stomach) the sight of; eyes are bigger than one's stomach; no stomach for; sick to one's stomach; turn one's stomach.