1the internal organ in which the major part of the digestion of food occurs, being (in humans and many mammals) a pear-shaped enlargement of the alimentary canal linking the oesophagus to the small intestine: [as modifier]:severe stomach pains
each of four stomachs in a ruminant (the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum).
any of a number of organs analogous to the stomach in lower animals.
the front part of the body between the chest and thighs; the belly:Blake hit him in the stomach
[in singular] the stomach viewed as the seat of hunger, nausea, anxiety, or other unsettling feelings:Virginia had a sick feeling in her stomach
2 [in singular, usually with negative] an appetite for food or drink:she doesn’t have the stomach to eat anything
a desire or inclination for something involving conflict or difficulty:the teams proved to have no stomach for a fight
consume (food or drink) without feeling or being sick:if you cannot stomach orange juice, try apple juice
endure or accept (an obnoxious thing or person):I can’t stomach the self-righteous attitude of some managers
an army marches on its stomach
a group of soldiers or workers can only fight or function effectively if they have been well fed.
[translating French c'est la soupe qui fait le soldat, a maxim of Napoleon]
on a full (or an empty) stomach
after having eaten (or having not eaten):I always think better on a full stomach
a strong stomach
an ability to see or do unpleasant things without feeling sick or squeamish:be warned, you’ll need a strong stomach