\ 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 Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Deb Kiner |, oregonlive, "Earth Day will be 50 years old in 2020," 22 Apr. 2019 Listening for rumbles and belches The United States is home to 161 active volcanoes, many of which form a line along the west coast through California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Shannon Hall, New York Times, "We’re Barely Listening to the U.S.’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes," 9 Sep. 2019 Think snorts, belches and a hum that is vaguely reminiscent of Chewbacca. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "Meet your spitting sherpas: Wilderness therapy in Colorado has llamas as your guide," 1 July 2019 At the front of the park stood a towering waterfall, a water slide and a volcano that belched smoke. John Carlisle,, "LAND OF THE LOST Irish Hills tourist stop owner aims to restore dinosaur park," 6 June 2019 Diesel truck traffic, massive cargo ships, trains, recycling and wastewater treatment plants – all of it – belching invisible particles non-stop into the air and, eventually, into our lungs. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Air pollution inside my house could kill me. What are you breathing in at your home?," 15 Sep. 2019 Malone’s sustained vibrato belches do not bother the ear with differentiable lyrics. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Post Malone Is the Voice of Modern Brain Fog," 9 Sep. 2019 Scientists have assumed that volcanic eruptions ended the ice ages, by belching carbon dioxide and warming the planet. Eric Hand, Science | AAAS, "Shock and thaw? Earth’s oldest asteroid impact may have helped lift the planet out of a deep freeze," 27 Aug. 2019 San Francisco officials want to shrink the city’s carbon footprint by eliminating the greenhouse gases belched from cars, trucks and other vehicles by 2040. Dominic Fracassa,, "To cut carbon footprint, SF moves to eliminate vehicle emissions by 2040," 16 July 2019

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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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28 Oct 2019

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The first known use of belch was before the 12th century

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How to pronounce belch (audio)

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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