belch

verb
\ ˈbelch How to pronounce belch (audio) \
belched; belching; belches

Definition of belch

intransitive verb

1 : to expel gas suddenly from the stomach through the mouth
2 : to erupt, explode, or detonate violently
3 : to issue forth spasmodically : gush

transitive verb

1 : to eject or emit violently angrily belched insults
2 : to expel (gas) from the stomach suddenly : eruct

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Other Words from belch

belch noun

Examples of belch in a Sentence

He belched loudly, and his girlfriend said, “That's disgusting!”. Smoke belched from the factory chimneys beside the river.

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The orange flames and column of grey and black smoke belching into the pale Parisian sky at dusk augured some new, inevitably lesser era—the near-death of one of the most iconic buildings of western civilization. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 One customer tweeted a picture of himself posing joyfully in front of the company’s logo, clutching a flamethrower that had just belched a fireball. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, "Elon Musk’s flamethrowers are listed on eBay for as high as $20,000," 11 June 2018 These men pile on ornate scarves that call to mind Renaissance tapestries, the occasional cane or professorial pipe, and belching pocket squares. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Inside the Bizarre Life of a Male Street-Style Star," 14 Jan. 2019 That dose could skyrocket, however, if the sun belches out charged particle radiation in what’s known as a solar particle event during the space tourists’ flight. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "SpaceX’s Moon loop will affect passengers’ health — here’s how," 18 Sep. 2018 Police and firefighters arrived to investigate and were evacuating the area when an explosion occurred shortly after 7 p.m. The blast ignited four-story-high flames that burned long into the night and belched a smoke plume visible for miles. Washington Post, "First black female mayor of San Francisco is sworn in," 12 July 2018 Most of it takes place on boats — from smoke-belching steamers to cargo-bloated barges to slender pirogues carved by ax out of massive trees. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "With Ebola at a “critical point” in Congo, aid groups scramble to limit the outbreak," 2 June 2018 Early indications of a UC Davis study show feeding dairy cows seaweed may reduce methane emissions caused by their defecation, belching and flatulence, the university announced Thursday. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Can seaweed make cow farts less potent? These UC Davis scientists hope to find out | The Sacramento Bee," 24 May 2018 In this scenario, the civilization's population skyrockets over a short period of time, and as the aliens guzzle energy and belch out greenhouse gases, the planet's temperature spikes, too. Brandon Specktor, NBC News, "Climate change killed the aliens, and it might kill us too, new simulation suggests," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of belch

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for belch

Middle English, from Old English bealcan

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belch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of belch

: to let out air from the stomach through the mouth very loudly
: to push or throw (something) out with force

belch

verb
\ ˈbelch How to pronounce belch (audio) \
belched; belching

Kids Definition of belch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to force out gas suddenly from the stomach through the mouth usually with a sound
2 : to throw out or be thrown out with force Smoke belched from the chimney.

belch

noun

Kids Definition of belch (Entry 2 of 2)

: a forcing out of gas from the stomach through the mouth
\ ˈbelch How to pronounce belch (audio) \

Medical Definition of belch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to expel gas suddenly from the stomach through the mouth

transitive verb

: to expel (gas) from the stomach suddenly : eruct

belch

noun

Medical Definition of belch (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of belching : eructation

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