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Meaning of BOWEL

Pronunciation:  'bawul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus

BOWEL is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: gut, intestine
 See Also: abdomen, belly, hindgut, internal organ, large intestine, small intestine, stomach, venter, viscus



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bow"el\, n. [OE. bouel, bouele, OF. boel, boele, F.
    boyau, fr. L. botellus a small sausage, in LL. also
    intestine, dim. of L. botulus sausage.]
    1. One of the intestines of an animal; an entrail, especially
       of man; a gut; -- generally used in the plural.
             He burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels
             gushed out.                           --Acts i. 18.
    2. pl. Hence, figuratively: The interior part of anything;
       as, the bowels of the earth.
             His soldiers . . . cried out amain, And rushed into
             the bowels of the battle.             --Shak.
    3. pl. The seat of pity or kindness. Hence: Tenderness;
       compassion. ``Thou thing of no bowels.'' --Shak.
             Bloody Bonner, that corpulent tyrant, full (as one
             said) of guts, and empty of bowels.   --Fuller.
    4. pl. Offspring. [Obs.] --Shak.
  2. \Bow"el\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Boweled} or {Bowelled}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Boweling} or {Bowelling}.]
    To take out the bowels of; to eviscerate; to disembowel.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: another word for the small and large intestines.