\ˈbelch \
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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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 Police and firefighters arrived to investigate and were evacuating the area when the line exploded 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. Todd Richmond,, "Firefighter killed in gas explosion, fire near Madison," 12 July 2018 Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is still belching out lava. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "It's 'raining' green crystals in Hawaii, thanks to Kilauea volcano eruption," 14 June 2018 The wedding might be off, but Over-the-Line belches on. Bryce Miller,, "Cover your ears: Over-the-Line evolves, but the raunchy team names remain," 14 July 2018 Finally the flames belched through the hatches and clutched the sails. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF police officer shot to death in gunbattle in 1968," 14 June 2018 People like Andrew Carnegie got rich by building industrial empires that also had filthy, smoke-belching steel mills. Hiawatha Bray,, "Calif.’s Net privacy law gives consumers more clout, and Big Tech may be just fine with that," 1 July 2018 The restaurant at 3204 Frankfort Avenue is known for the big cookers sitting out in front of the restaurant and belching hickory smoke into the air. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "After an extensive taste test, here are the best BBQ ribs in Louisville," 29 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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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


\ˈbelch \
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

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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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