\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web What’s more, the grazing cows belch methane, a greenhouse gas roughly 30-times more damaging than carbon dioxide. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Amazon Rainforest Now Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than It Absorbs," 26 Mar. 2021 But on feedlots, cattle already belch less methane—only 11 percent of their lifetime output. Jan Dutkiewicz, Wired, "Want Carbon-Neutral Cows? Algae Isn’t the Answer," 17 Mar. 2021 Hayes is referring to the city’s trash incinerators that belch clouds of smoke not far from here. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Washington Post, "Unable to travel, I approached my city as a new destination — and discovered a place of culinary wonders," 10 Mar. 2021 Proponents now say this method builds up enough soil carbon to offset the large quantities of methane the animals belch out. Robert Paarlberg, Wired, "President Biden, Please Don't Get Into Carbon Farming," 22 Jan. 2021 Livestock—mostly cows—belch a lot of methane, and manure emits noxious greenhouse gases. Charlie Mitchell, The New Republic, "Can Biden Keep His Promise to Make Farms Climate Friendly?," 16 Nov. 2020 But this process, called enteric fermentation, also produces methane, a potent planet-warming gas that the cattle mostly belch into the air. New York Times, "Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues," 20 Oct. 2020 While true volcanoes belch up magma from Earth’s upper mantle, ice volcanoes are a temporary product of partially-frozen lakes. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Are Ice Volcanoes Erupting on the Shores of Lake Michigan?," 20 Feb. 2020 At these depths, the most nourishing environments are those near mid-ocean ridges, networks of volcanoes that still actively belch up hot, young, metal-rich rock that quickly mixes with the cold, salty ocean water. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Microbes Living in Deep Sea Rocks Spawn More Hope for Life on Mars," 8 Apr. 2020

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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 2021

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“Belch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 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
\ 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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