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1bulge

verb \ˈbəlj also ˈblj\

: to stick out in a rounded lump

: to be completely filled with something

bulgedbulg·ing

Full Definition of BULGE

transitive verb
:  to cause to bulge
intransitive verb
1
archaic :  bilge
2
a :  to jut out :  swell
b :  to bend outward
c :  to become swollen or protuberant <bulging eyes>
3
:  to be filled to overflowing <a notebook bulging with ideas>
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Examples of BULGE

  1. His face turned white and his eyes bulged.
  2. middle-aged people bulging at the waist
  3. Their bags bulged with books and papers.
  4. The squirrel's cheeks were bulging with nuts.
  5. a notebook bulging with ideas

Origin of BULGE

Middle English bolgen
First Known Use: 15th century

2bulge

noun

: a rounded lump on the surface of something

: a sudden increase

Full Definition of BULGE

1
a :  bilge 1
b :  bilge 2
2
:  a protuberant or swollen part or place
4
:  sudden expansion
bulgy \ˈbəl-jē also ˈbl-\ adjective

Examples of BULGE

  1. What's in there? he asked, pointing to the large bulge in my purse.
  2. I'm exercising to get rid of this bulge around my middle.

Origin of BULGE

Middle English boulge, bouge leather bag, curved part, from Anglo-French bouge bag — more at budget
First Known Use: 1622

Synonym Discussion of BULGE

projection, protrusion, protuberance, bulge mean an extension beyond the normal line or surface. projection implies a jutting out especially at a sharp angle <those projections along the wall are safety hazards>. protrusion suggests a thrusting out so that the extension seems a deformity <the bizarre protrusions of a coral reef>. protuberance implies a growing or swelling out in rounded form <a skin disease marked by warty protuberances>. bulge suggests an expansion caused by internal pressure <bulges in the tile floor>.
BULGED Defined for Kids

1bulge

verb \ˈbəlj\
bulgedbulg·ing

Definition of BULGE for Kids

:  to swell or curve outward <Muscles bulged from his shirt.>

2bulge

noun

Definition of BULGE for Kids

:  a swelling part :  a part that sticks out

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