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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
contemplate your navel (=think so much about your own life that you do not notice other important things – used humorously)
▪ From her navel to the base of her spine she had been ripped apart.
▪ Having spent so long staring into the national navel we can raise our heads.
▪ I traveled down the single line of dark hair below his navel into his belt.
▪ Notice the way the shirt hits my navel just right?
▪ Rest palm of one hand over navel.
▪ She had an emerald in her navel.
▪ With the tips of two fingers positioned slightly above the baby's navel, press gently but firmly upwards.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Navel \Na"vel\ (n[=a]"v'l), n. [AS. nafela, fr. nafu nave; akin to D. navel, G. nabel, OHG. nabolo, Icel. nafli, Dan. navle, Sw. nafle, L. umbilicus, Gr. 'omfalo`s, Skr. n[=a]bh[=i]la. [root]260. See Nave hub, and cf. Omphalic, Nombril, Umbilical.]

  1. (Anat.) A mark or depression in the middle of the abdomen; the umbilicus; called also belly button in humans. See Umbilicus.

  2. The central part or point of anything; the middle.

    Within the navel of this hideous wood, Immured in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells.

  3. (Gun.) An eye on the under side of a carronade for securing it to a carriage.

    Navel gall, a bruise on the top of the chine of the back of a horse, behind the saddle.

    Navel point. (Her.) Same as Nombril.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English nafela, nabula, from Proto-Germanic *nabalan (cognates: Old Norse nafli, Danish and Swedish navle, Old Frisian navla, Middle Dutch and Dutch navel, Old High German nabalo, German Nabel), from PIE *(o)nobh- "navel" (cognates: Sanskrit nabhila "navel, nave, relationship;" Avestan nafa "navel," naba-nazdishta "next of kin;" Persian naf; Latin umbilicus "navel;" Old Prussian nabis "navel;" Greek omphalos; Old Irish imbliu). For Romanic words, see umbilicus.\n\nThe cords of all link back, strandentwining cable of all flesh.

[Joyce, "Ulysses"]

\n"Navel" words from other roots include Lithuanian bamba, Sanskrit bimba- (also "disk, sphere"), Greek bembix, literally "whirlpool." Old Church Slavonic papuku, Lithuanian pumpuras are originally "bud." Considered a feminine sexual center since ancient times, and still in parts of the Middle East, India, and Japan. In medieval Europe, it was averred that "[t]he seat of wantonness in women is the navel." [Cambridge bestiary, C.U.L. ii.4.26] Words for it in most languages have a secondary sense of "center." Meaning "center or hub of a country" is attested in English from late 14c. To contemplate (one's) navel "meditate" is from 1933; hence navel-gazer (1952); see also omphaloskepsis. Navel orange attested from 1888.

n. 1 (context anatomy English) The indentation or bump remaining in the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached before birth. 2 The central part or point of anything; the middle. 3 (context historical English) An eye on the underside of a carronade for securing it to a carriage.

  1. n. scar where the umbilical cord was attached [syn: umbilicus, bellybutton, omphalos, omphalus]

  2. the center point or middle of something [syn: navel point]


The navel (clinically known as the umbilicus, colloquially known as the belly button, or tummy button) is a scar on the abdomen at the attachment site of the umbilical cord. All placental mammals have a navel, and it is quite conspicuous in humans.

Navel (company)

is a Japanese label of Omega Vision Inc. a publisher of bishōjo and eroge visual novel games. Its name is a reference to the navel orange.

Navel (disambiguation)

The navel is a scar on the abdomen caused when the umbilical cord is removed from a newborn baby.

Navel may also refer to:

  • Beef navel, the ventral part of the plate
  • Navel (company), a Japanese software publisher
  • Navel orange, a seedless strain of oranges
  • Navel (album)
  • NAVEL, a mnemonic for surgeons

Usage examples of "navel".

Brodie reports the history of a case in a negress who voided a fetus from an abscess at the navel about the seventeenth month of conception.

At her dark purple bandeau top that showed a bit of cleavage and flirted with her navel and the waistband of her python miniskirt.

Large heads, broad backs, beards which would reach to their protruding navels if not whipped away by wind, faces neither grim nor alarmed but intent and determined, the Bandies came at the gallop.

The fresh plant, bruised, and applied against the pit of the stomach over the navel, will allay sickness, and is useful to stay the diarrhoeic purging of young children.

The magnificent curves of hips and haunches, the graciously swelling belly with its deep navel, and the full, fat, fleshy and prominent mount of love together with her rather full, firm and outstanding bubbies, made her really mouthwatering.

She was stripped to her shift, the muslin so wet with sweat that I could see not only the dark rounds of her areolae, but even the tiny bulge of her popped-out navel, where the cloth clung to the massive curves of her belly.

Kenzo Isozaki lifted one hand as if he were going to touch her, pointed, and then returned the hand to his own chest and touched the double-barred cruciform that ran from his sternum to just above his navel.

Its force had been arrested by a metal button on my waistcoat, and it had only inflicted a slight wound on my stomach close to the navel.

This one has a pelt from navel to backbone, that one thatched on shoulders and chest, this one bare as a plucked chicken.

Mme Musette was dressed in a very white silk sheath that reached to her calves, so tight and clinging that Charlie could clearly see the outline of her nipples and even the depression of her navel.

Nearby was the Omphalos, a black, cone-shaped stone, which was regarded as the navel of the world, and was always near Pythia when she spoke.

Sometimes, even Delphi itself was called the Omphalos, the navel of the world.

The head surged down toward Phage with speed enough to split her from skull to navel.

In ascites he recommends that when other means fail an opening should be made three finger-breadths below the navel with a pointed phlebotomy knife, and a portion of the fluid allowed to evacuate itself.

The ruched bodice was fitted with a heart shaped neckline and a waistline that dropped slightly below her natural waist to end at a point just above her navel.