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Definitions of midriff

  1. See Diaphragm, n., 2. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. In anat., the diaphragm; a muscular partition which separates the cavity of the chest from the belly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  3. The diaphragm or muscular partition between the thoracic and abdominal cavities. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

Usage examples for midriff

  1. As the bullet is propelled by the " going off" of the powder, as it might be said that the ribs are raised and the midriff depressed by the " going off" of certain portions of muscular work- stuff. – Aphorisms and Reflections from the works of T. H. Huxley by Thomas Henry Huxley
  2. Laughter, even though it come from the throat rather than the midriff tends to dispel morbid humours, and when he woke next morning, after unusually sound sleep, Will had a pleasure in the sunlight such as he had not known for a long time. – Will Warburton by George Gissing