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bulge

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verb \ˈbəlj also ˈbu̇lj\

Simple Definition of bulge

  • : to stick out in a rounded lump

  • : to be completely filled with something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bulge

bulged

bulging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to bulge

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 archaic :  bilge

  5. 2 a :  to jut out :  swell b :  to bend outward c :  to become swollen or protuberant <bulging eyes>

  6. 3 :  to be filled to overflowing <a notebook bulging with ideas>

Examples of bulge in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of bulge

Middle English bolgen


First Known Use: 15th century


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bulge

noun

Simple Definition of bulge

  • : a rounded lump on the surface of something

  • : a sudden increase

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bulge

  1. 1 a :  bilge 1 b :  bilge 2

  2. 2 :  a protuberant or swollen part or place

  3. 3 :  advantage, upper hand

  4. 4 :  sudden expansion

bulgy

play \ˈbəl-jē also ˈbu̇l-\ adjective

Examples of bulge in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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>.

BULGE Defined for Kids

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bulge

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verb \ˈbəlj\

Definition of bulge for Students

bulged

bulging

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




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bulge

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noun

Definition of bulge for Students

  1. :  a swelling part :  a part that sticks out





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