\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web And even in Kyiv—the gray, multilevel concrete interchange at the Vydubychi transport hub, framed by the smokestacks of the TETs energy plant, which belch a thick, dense smoke into the deep-blue sky. Artem Chapeye, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 The Next Gen Delivery Vehicle looks adorably goofy, but the vast majority of these new mail trucks will belch almost exactly as much carbon dioxide into the air as the old Grumman LLV trucks. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 24 Feb. 2022 The vehicles belch noxious fumes into the air — setting off carbon monoxide alarms in nearby apartment buildings. Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2022 All of our meddling has primed Earth to collapse under cities and belch greenhouse gases, a nasty feedback loop that’s accelerating global warming. Matt Simon, Wired, 18 Jan. 2022 The CO2will stay underground—but putting it there will drive more fossil fuels into the maw of the American economy, which will belch them back out as greenhouse gases. Vince Beiser, Wired, 28 Dec. 2021 As Dixie and other large fires across the West continued to belch smoke into the atmosphere, plenty of precipitation was on its way to the other side of the country. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 Its smokestacks belch out the worst sulfur dioxide pollution in the world. NBC News, 28 Nov. 2021 While the red tongue of lava lolled off the coast, the two open vents of the volcano continued to belch up more magma from below. Daniel Roca And Joseph Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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9 Apr 2022

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“Belch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for belch


\ 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.



Kids Definition of belch (Entry 2 of 2)

: a forcing out of gas from the stomach through the mouth


intransitive verb
\ 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



Medical Definition of belch (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of belching : eructation

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