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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n midriff (anatomy) a muscular partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities; functions in respiration
    • n midriff the middle area of the human torso (usually in front) "young American women believe that a bare midriff is fashionable"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Midriff See Diaphragm n., 2.
    • Midriff That part of a garment, especially a dress or bodice, that covers the midriff{2}.
    • Midriff The middle part of the front of the body, from the waist to the chest. "Smote him into the midriff with a stone."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n midriff The diaphragm. See cut at diaphragm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Midriff mid′rif the diaphragm.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. midhrif,; midd, mid, middle + hrif, bowels, womb; akin to OFries. midref, midriff, rif, ref, belly, OHG. href, body, and to L. corpus, body. See Corpse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mid, middle, hrif, the belly.


In literature:

Next moment she was severed from shoulder to midriff.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
The sights of my .375 centered in the middle of a silk-covered midriff.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
Her left fist rammed solidly into Mihul's bare brown midriff, just under the arch of the rib cage.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
The Disan hunched low, flipped the knife quickly from hand to hand, then thrust it again at Brion's midriff.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
The book is a mine of beautiful descriptions, and of sentences which tickle your inmost midriff with delight.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
Her midriff was bare to an inch or two below the navel.
"Equation of Doom" by Gerald Vance
The muzzle of Rathburn's gun pressed harder against his midriff.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
Shouting a curse, the Captain thrust for my father's midriff.
"The Bright Face of Danger" by Robert Neilson Stephens
What matter if it did play havoc with his midriff.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
I gasped in sudden pain as the turnstile, still locked, pushed into my midriff.
""To Invade New York...."" by Irwin Lewis
Promptly the Secretary General's daughter pointed the gun at Nina's tanned midriff.
"The Ambassador" by Samuel Kimball Merwin
Her sword darted past a blade that sought to parry, and sheathed six inches of its point in a leather-guarded midriff.
"Red Nails" by Robert E. Howard
All at once he felt that grip at his midriff, as of a tiny claw clutching and teasing.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
In the postbaptismal anointing the oil was applied to the organs of sense, to the head, heart, and midriff.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
The Diaphragm or Midriff is esteem'd as the fifty seventh Muscle of the Breast, and serves as well for its dilatation as contraction.
"The Compleat Surgeon, or the Whole Art of Surgery Explain'd in a Most Familiar Method" by Charles Gabriel Le Clerc
It hung open, leaving his midriff, chest and biceps bare.
"Rescue Dog of the High Pass" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
He scratched his bare midriff and shuffled.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
Almost every male swaggered about heavily armed, but a blow on their bristling midriff would have staggered any one of them.
"Caught by the Turks" by Francis Yeats-Brown
At the psychological moment, Red Newton stepped forward and violently dug his elbow into Jake Falerin's midriff.
"The Code of the Mountains" by Charles Neville Buck
Now sadly unkempt, it seemed to me that his great midriff exuded grease, but it might have been sweat.
"The Yazoo Mystery" by Irving Craddock

In poetry:

Till Laughter, voiceless through excess,
Waves mute appeal and sore,
Above the midriff's deep distress,
For breath to laugh once more.
"The Necessitarian" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

The singer shows off her midriff in a neon green ensemble.
We've always thought of midriff- baring tops as a bit of a dirty word in fashion.
But the newest area of exposure in fashion is the midriff.
S ince Queens girl Jessica Valenti, 28, founded three years ago, she's emerged as a sort of Kathleen Hanna—the nineties riot grrrl who slathered the word slut across her midriff to reclaim it—of the blogosphere.
The woman on Page 56 of the new Victoria's Secret catalog has long blond hair, a taut midriff, mile-long legs - and a big ol' gap between her two front teeth.
Padding around Venice, California, in a T-shirt that barely covers his midriff bulge, he's like a beach bum who bowls instead of surfs.
In the new show opening for America's Next Top Model: College Edition, the 38-year-old judge and series creator flashes her toned midriff in a neon yellow crop top and high-waisted black booty shorts.
In her new ad campaign for Vita Coco, which was shot by famed photographer Terry Richardson, the "Where Have You Been" singer shows off her bare, toned midriff, which she attributes to her recent diet and coconut water.
But the newest area of exposure in fashion is the midriff .
Britney Spears Rocks Midriff-Baring Top on X Factor.
Eight-year-old girls plot how to manipulate their parents to buy them "sexy" midriff-baring tops.
Jennifer Lopez flaunted her toned and tanned midriff as she left her hotel with boy toy lover Casper Smart in London on Monday, and has the photos.
LiLo arrested again, Britney bears midriff, Bristol 's minidress, and more.
Mod, midriffs and even Mickey Mouse .
Mod, midriffs and even Mickey Mouse.