• (British) IPA: /wuːm/

womb (plural wombs)

  1. (anatomy) In female mammals, the organ in which the young are conceived and grow until birth; the uterus. [from 8thc.]
  2. (obsolete) The abdomen or stomach. [8th-17thc.]
    • a. 1472, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book V, [London: […] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786 ↗; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur […], London: Published by David Nutt, […], 1889, OCLC 890162034 ↗:
      And his hede, hym semed,was enamyled with asure, and his shuldyrs shone as the golde, and his wombe was lyke mayles of a merveylous hew […].
  3. (obsolete) The stomach of a person or creature. [8th-18thc.]
  4. (figuratively) A place where something is made or formed. [from 15thc.]
    • The womb of earth the genial seed receives.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, part 2, chapter 7
      The shadows of the future hours rose dark and menacing from the womb of time [...]
  5. Any cavity containing and enveloping anything.
    • The centre spike of gold / Which burns deep in the bluebell's womb.
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womb (wombs, present participle wombing; past and past participle wombed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To enclose in a womb, or as if in a womb; to breed or hold in secret.

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