stomach

The stomach is the organ of your body — kind of a big sac — that digests food. We also say people have a stomach for something unpleasant when they can handle it.

Without a stomach, you'd be in trouble: that's where your food gets digested and turned into useful material your body can use for energy. If you ever got punched in the stomach or had a stomach ache, it can hurt a lot. Also, stomach can mean having a hunger, or at least tolerance, for something. If you can't stomach watching football, then you can't stand watching it. If you have a stomach for something, you can swallow it.

Definitions of stomach
  1. noun
    an enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal; the principal organ of digestion
    synonyms: breadbasket, tum, tummy
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    craw, crop
    a pouch in many birds and some lower animals that resembles a stomach for storage and preliminary maceration of food
    first stomach, rumen
    the first compartment of the stomach of a ruminant; here food is collected and returned to the mouth as cud for chewing
    reticulum, second stomach
    the second compartment of the stomach of a ruminant
    omasum, psalterium, third stomach
    the third compartment of the stomach of a ruminant
    abomasum, fourth stomach
    the fourth compartment of the stomach of a ruminant; the one where digestion takes place
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    internal organ, viscus
    a main organ that is situated inside the body
  2. noun
    the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
    synonyms: abdomen, belly, venter
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    underbelly, underbody
    the soft belly or underside of an animal's body
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    body part
    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
  3. noun
    an appetite for food
    “exercise gave him a good stomach for dinner”
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    appetence, appetency, appetite
    a feeling of craving something
  4. noun
    an inclination or liking for things involving conflict or difficulty or unpleasantness
    “he had no stomach for a fight”
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    inclination
    that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking
  5. verb
    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    synonyms: abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, suffer, support, tolerate
    suffer
    experience (emotional) pain
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    accept, live with, swallow
    tolerate or accommodate oneself to
    hold still for, stand for
    tolerate or bear
    bear up
    endure cheerfully
    take lying down
    suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
    take a joke
    listen to a joke at one's own expense
    sit out
    endure to the end
    pay
    bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
    get one's lumps, take one's lumps
    suffer the results or consequences of one's behavior or actions
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    allow, countenance, let, permit
    consent to, give permission
  6. verb
    bear to eat
    “He cannot stomach raw fish”
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    digest
    convert food into absorbable substances
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