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bloat

adjective \ ˈblōt \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of bloat

Origin and Etymology of bloat

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


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bloat

verb

Definition of bloat

1 a : to make turgid or swollen
b : to cause abdominal distension in
2 : to fill to capacity or overflowing

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First Known Use of bloat

1677

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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bloat

noun

Definition of bloat

1 a : 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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First Known Use of bloat

1836

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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BLOAT Defined for English Language Learners

bloat

Definition of bloat for English Language Learners

  • : too much growth


BLOAT Defined for Kids

bloat

verb \ ˈblōt \

Definition of bloat for Students

bloated; bloating
: to make swollen with or as if with fluid

Medical Dictionary

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bloat

transitive verb \ ˈblōt \

medical Definition of bloat

: 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
: to become turgid

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bloat

noun

medical Definition of bloat

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