bloat

adjective
\ˈblōt \

Definition of bloat 

(Entry 1 of 3)

bloat

verb
bloated; bloating; bloats

Definition of bloat (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to make turgid or swollen

b : to cause abdominal distension in

2 : to fill to capacity or overflowing

bloat

noun

Definition of bloat (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : one that is bloated

b : unwarranted or excessive growth or enlargement bureaucratic bloat

2 : digestive disturbance of ruminant animals and especially cattle marked by accumulation of gas in one or more stomach compartments

3 : a condition of large dogs marked by distension and usually life-threatening rotation of the stomach

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Scientist began to wonder whether the publication record was bloated with unreliable findings. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Social science has a complicated, infinitely tricky replication crisis," 28 Aug. 2018 Clearly, people are interested in the health of their gut and reducing bloating. SELF, "Can We Stop Pathologizing Minor Bloating, Please?," 17 Aug. 2018 But that leads to water retention, bloating and fatigue. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "A Guide to Surviving the Longest Flight in the World," 16 Oct. 2018 Sore breasts, back aches, bloating, fatigue and cramps are natural adversaries of freaky feelings. Shan Boodram, Teen Vogue, "Period Sex 101: Everything You Need to Know," 19 July 2018 According to the Food and Drug Administration, symptoms of cyclosporiasis include severe diarrhea, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea, and fatigue. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "More Than 200 People Infected by Parasite Linked to Del Monte Vegetables," 8 July 2018 No one should ever be criticized for bloating, weight gain, or pregnancy, and none of those things should be up for speculation. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Shut Down Pregnancy Rumors With Body Positive Instagram Story," 29 May 2018 There was no immediate word on whether he, too, was headed to the disabled list, which is already bloated with Mets. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Citi Field Freezes Over: Mets Beat the Yankees," 11 June 2018 Aces like Carlos Martinez of the St. Louis Cardinals see that bloated 8.31 ERA in the boxscore. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever," 3 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Low-fat dairy, plus nuts, and seeds can also help give you a bloat-busting boost. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Lose Weight Faster, But Safely," 20 June 2018 How to feel your best during this phase: Avoid salty foods, which can contribute to water retention and more bloat. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "A Month in the Life of Your Hormones," 27 May 2010 Many already do, and that’s prompted Microsoft and others to act to curtail the most egregious forms of bloat, but the battle is far from won. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Isn’t it time we declared our independence from bloatware?," 4 July 2018 And that's not all—sunflower seeds also contain the anti-belly bloat mineral magnesium and mood-regulator and -lifter vitamin B6. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "10 Foods That Fight Off ALL Your PMS Symptoms," 19 June 2015 Coming after this succession of short releases, the bloat of Scorpion could end up seeming doubly exhausting. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "The Five Biggest Questions Facing Drake on His Upcoming 'Scorpion' Album," 28 June 2018 Torn up beside the road,/ a bloat of skin and fur./ Afloat in bathtub, clean,/ blue-lipped, forgiven. Brandon Yu, San Francisco Chronicle, "Melissa Stein’s poetry explores the beautiful, awful reality of being female," 15 May 2018 One poor dietary decision and your belly bloats and bulges. Philly.com, "4 efficient exercises for a slimmer waistline," 12 June 2018 Low-fat dairy, plus nuts, and seeds can also help give you a bloat-busting boost. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Lose Weight Faster, But Safely," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bloat

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1677, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bloat

Adjective

Middle English blout, blote soft, pliable, from Old Norse blautr soft, weak; akin to Old English blēat miserable

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bloat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bloat

: too much growth

bloat

verb
\ˈblōt \
bloated; bloating

Kids Definition of bloat

: to make swollen with or as if with fluid

\ˈblōt \

Medical Definition of bloat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to make turgid:

a : to produce edema in

b : to cause or result in accumulation of gas in the digestive tract of cucumbers sometimes bloat me

c : to cause abdominal distension in

intransitive verb

: to become turgid

bloat

noun

Medical Definition of bloat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a digestive disturbance of ruminant animals and especially cattle marked by accumulation of gas in one or more stomach compartments

2a : a condition of large dogs marked by distension and usually life-threatening rotation of the stomach

b : any flatulent digestive disturbance of domestic animals

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