navel

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}. [1913 Webster] 2. The central part or point of anything; the middle. [1913 Webster] Within the navel of this hideous wood, Immured in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. (Gun.) An eye on the under side of a carronade for securing it to a carriage. [1913 Webster] {Navel gall}, a bruise on the top of the chine of the back of a horse, behind the saddle. --Johnson. {Navel point}. (Her.) Same as {Nombril}. [1913 Webster]