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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These 2019 devices will likely be bloated with 5G hardware—the biggest 5G hardware that will ever exist. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Don’t buy a 5G smartphone—at least, not for a while," 14 Dec. 2018 For some susceptible people, this means that large portions of such foods will spend a prolonged time being churned around in the stomach, provoking acid indigestion and upper stomach bloating. SELF, "Why This Registered Dietitian Tells (Some of) Her Patients to Avoid Kale Salads," 30 Nov. 2018 Still, there are certain early pregnancy symptoms most people experience, such as a missed period, frequent urination, bloating, nausea, sore or enlarged breasts, and fatigue. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "How to Deal with a Pregnancy Scare," 28 Nov. 2018 At age 25, Smulders visited her doctor after months of feeling pressure and bloating in her lower stomach. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Cobie Smulders Opens Up About Her Battle With Ovarian Cancer," 1 Nov. 2018 Bankruptcy was meant to allow Puerto Rico to cut its debts, revamp its decrepit power utility known as Prepa and balance a budget bloated by high public-sector employment. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "The ‘Iron Lady’ Trying to Fix Puerto Rico’s Money Problems," 14 Sep. 2018 And be wary of champagne; the bubbles have a tendency to lead to hangovers—and bloating. Liz Krieger, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Prevent and Survive a Hangover," 23 Nov. 2016 Already, about two-thirds of the budget goes only to paying old-age pensions, public health care and the payroll of Brazil’s bloated public sector. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "In Brazil, Big Plans and No Money," 3 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So even without all the budget bloat, the economy would still be growing well above 3%. Stephen Moore, WSJ, "The Trump Boom Is No Mere ‘Sugar High’," 9 Dec. 2018 That lengthy digestion can lead to the classic post-burger-and-fries feeling of bloat and gassiness. Amy Marturana, SELF, "7 Common Causes of Excessive Gas," 26 Dec. 2018 Eating these foods in conjunction with fats and protein (so, an apple with a smear of peanut butter) can also help lessen symptoms of bloat. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Bloated?," 29 Oct. 2018 In 2017, Kelly McKeague, a former engineer, came to the DPAA after 34 years in the Navy with a mission to keep an agency with deep emotional stakes free of bloat. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Massive Effort to Bring Home an MIA Pilot from World War II," 7 Nov. 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," 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

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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

chiefly US : 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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