Hypertext Webster Gateway: "belonging"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Belonging \Be*long"ing\, n. [Commonly in the pl.]
1. That which belongs to one; that which pertains to one;
hence, goods or effects. ``Thyself and thy belongings.''

2. That which is connected with a principal or greater thing;
an appendage; an appurtenance.

3. Family; relations; household. [Colloq.]

Few persons of her ladyship's belongings stopped,
before they did her bidding, to ask her reasons.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Belong \Be*long"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Belonged}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Belonging}.] [OE. belongen (akin to D. belangen to
concern, G. belangen to attain to, to concern); pref. be- +
longen to desire. See {Long}, v. i.]

Note: [Usually construed with to.]
1. To be the property of; as, Jamaica belongs to Great

2. To be a part of, or connected with; to be appendant or
related; to owe allegiance or service.

A desert place belonging to . . . Bethsaids. --Luke
ix. 10.

The mighty men which belonged to David. --1 Kings i.

3. To be the concern or proper business or function of; to
appertain to. ``Do not interpretations belong to God ?''
--Gen. xl. 8.

4. To be suitable for; to be due to.

Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age.
--Heb. v. 14.

No blame belongs to thee. --Shak.

5. To be native to, or an inhabitant of; esp. to have a legal
residence, settlement, or inhabitancy, whether by birth or
operation of law, so as to be entitled to maintenance by
the parish or town.

Bastards also are settled in the parishes to which
the mothers belong. --Blackstone.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : happiness felt in a secure relationship; "with his
classmates he felt a sense of belonging"

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