Definitions of bellying

  1. Protuberant; swelling out.

Usage examples for bellying

  1. The parachute, released from a part of the weight which had held it steady, careened, was caught by a sidewise gust of wind, and, bellying out like a sail, it dragged the two aerial travelers through the topmost branches in short, vicious jerks which made Stuart feel as though he were being pulled apart. – Plotting in Pirate Seas by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  2. An open side door gave a glimpse of glass jars, bellying retorts and other paraphernalia of the laboratory. – Counsel for the Defense by Leroy Scott
  3. The lurid tinge to the smoke, bellying up through the deck- vents, gave sharp hint of the undiminished fury of the flames raging below. – Dan Merrithew by Lawrence Perry
  4. They tried to cling to them so as to reach the top, but the bellying shape of the great masses rendered all hold impossible. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  5. For the present the little yawl is an important factor in his operations, and as he stands in his rough blue clothes, looking up through his single eyeglass at the bellying canvas, a gentle smile upon his strongly marked face betrays considerable satisfaction. – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  6. Ships against the wind With bellying sails move onward. – Pharsalia; Dramatic Episodes of the Civil Wars by Lucan
  7. A native boat, with huge bellying sails, was making its way slowly up stream; and she could hear the wailing song of the blue- gowned youth at the rudder. – Burning Sands by Arthur Weigall
  8. Quite so; and the ship- builder knows he can accomplish it by swelling out the vessel at the bows, and bellying her out at the sides, and broadening her at the stern, and altogether making her of such a ridiculous shape, that she will move slowly, and become the grave of many a hapless mariner. – The Boy Tar by Mayne Reid
  9. The noble bosom of the strait bore several dhows speeding in and out of the bay of Zanzibar with bellying sails. – How I Found Livingstone by Sir Henry M. Stanley
  10. I did likewise, and noticed that the canvas was bellying forward, which showed that we were not aback. – Mr. Trunnell by T. Jenkins Hains
  11. But, as has already been pointed out, the power of the wind on the globe is vastly increased when the silk becomes slack and forms a hollow to hold the wind, like a bellying sail. – The Dominion of the Air by J. M. Bacon
  12. Elsewhere, looming through the murk, a ponderous merchantman, her mainmast and mizzen gone, and just enough of the foremast left to support the bellying foresail that bears her to destruction. – Battles with the Sea by R.M. Ballantyne
  13. He was lying in a rude berth under a half- deck from which he could see the sky and the bellying sail, and presently a bearded face filled with rough and practical concern that peered down upon him. – A First Family of Tasajara by Bret Harte
  14. The main body then remained stationary, and a certain portion of it continued bellying down until it had assumed the form of an enormous jelly- bag. – The Pacha of Many Tales by Captain Frederick Marryat
  15. The snowy crest of the Sierra, bellying irregularly eastward to a climax among the jagged granites and gale- swept glaciers of Mount Lyell, forms its eastern boundary. – The Book of the National Parks by Robert Sterling Yard
  16. His great buff doublet bellying like a mainsail, And all his streamers fluttering in the wind. – The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow