bulge

verb
\ˈbəlj also ˈbu̇lj \
bulged; bulging

Definition of bulge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to bulge

intransitive verb

1 archaic : bilge

2a : to jut out : swell

b : to bend outward prevent the brick wall from bulging

c : to become swollen or protuberant … a pair of arresting pale blue eyes that tend to bulge maniacally …— Jeremy Egner

3 : to be filled to overflowing a notebook that bulged with ideas

bulge

noun

Definition of bulge (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : bilge sense 1 the bulge of a barrel

b nautical : bilge sense 2

2 : a protuberant or swollen part or place a bulge in the wall trying to get rid of the bulge around his middle

3 : advantage, upper hand letting them get the bulge on you

4 : sudden expansion a population bulge

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Other Words from bulge

Noun

bulgy \ˈbəl-​jē also ˈbu̇l-​ \ adjective

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Noun

projection, protrusion, protuberance, bulge mean an extension beyond the normal line or surface. projection implies a jutting out especially at a sharp angle. those projections along the wall are safety hazards protrusion suggests a thrusting out so that the extension seems a deformity. the bizarre protrusions of a coral reef protuberance implies a growing or swelling out in rounded form. a skin disease marked by warty protuberances bulge suggests an expansion caused by internal pressure. bulges in the tile floor

Examples of bulge in a Sentence

Verb

His face turned white and his eyes bulged. middle-aged people bulging at the waist Their bags bulged with books and papers. The squirrel's cheeks were bulging with nuts. a notebook bulging with ideas

Noun

“What's in there?” he asked, pointing to the large bulge in my purse. I'm exercising to get rid of this bulge around my middle.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While many companies have shrewdly taken advantage of rock-bottom interest rates over the last decade, bulging debt in industries like retail, energy and telecommunications is a burden that investors may need to worry about. Norm Alster, New York Times, "Bulging Debt May Spell Trouble for Energy, Telecom and Retail," 13 Apr. 2018 Place pecan cake on a cake plate and pipe cream cheese frosting around the edge of the cake (this will create a dam, preventing the cake from bulging and the frosting from escaping). Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thanksgiving Cake," 24 Oct. 2018 The finish, all bulging neck muscles, was spectacular, but credit was due also to Marco Asensio, who led the counter, checked back and then slipped in Lucas Vazquez to cross. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Ronaldo, Real Madrid Deal PSG More Failure; Liverpool Eases to UCL Quarterfinals," 6 Mar. 2018 The ultra-modern building, named Premiere Tower, will feature curves bulging from a sleek structure, causing the shape to vary from different viewing angles. Anna Zambelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside Australia's Beyoncé-Inspired Skyscraper," 6 July 2015 The little girl in a green-and-white dress is on her knees, ready to launch another marble, ready to notch another glorious win and add to her already bulging bag of colorful little round trophies. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, "To Rockwell fans, their faces may look familiar," 6 July 2018 Thank you for keeping those biceps bulging and those abs flat beneath that elegant existential gray T-shirt, despite having reached 66 years of age. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Sting: Every move you made at Jazz Fest 2018 was great," 27 Apr. 2018 The intriguing information about the heated rock bulging up deep beneath New England’s surface led Long and her colleagues to publish their findings in the scientific journal Geology. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "New Research Discovers Surprising Seismic Activity Under New England," 26 June 2018 There's not much in the way of pain, leaking or bulging when working out my core. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "The enduring mystery of the postpartum pooch," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The honking supercharger bulges into the driver’s forward view, blocking the lower third of the windshield. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Corvette ZR1: The Last, and Best, of Its Kind," 28 Nov. 2018 The auction listing included this bar, which has a pair of bulges at its edges, measures larger than the retail Wii sensor bar, and plugs into the GameCube via its memory card slot. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Japanese auction reveals Nintendo’s first Wii remote—for the GameCube," 28 Oct. 2018 There is a mysterious abundance of high-energy gamma-rays at the Milky Way's core, also known as the galactic bulge. Samantha Mathewson, Space.com, "Mysterious Milky Way Signal Comes from the Past, Not Dark Matter," 13 Mar. 2018 One Ars source indicates that this bulge's design and placement is for the sake of reducing electromagnetic distortion, since (as the above gallery shows) the ML1 has quite a bit of conductive metal. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "iFixit dissects the $2,299 Magic Leap One so you don’t have to," 23 Aug. 2018 That score stood until the fourth inning when East tacked on two more runs to build a 5-0 bulge. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Little League baseball: Pearland East wins District 15 title," 29 June 2018 Aesthetically, the loose-fitting zones always make my pedantic eyes bulge. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Frostpunk review: Urban planning at the end of the world," 24 Apr. 2018 This bulge in the population is expected to increase demands for both senior housing, which often includes independent and assisted-living programs, and medical office real estate. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Real-Estate Firm Targets Aging Baby Boomers," 29 May 2018 The bulge has brought hot and humid conditions from the Plains to the East with temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above average from the Great Lakes into the Northeast. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati weather: Why is it so hot? Blame the heat dome," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of bulge

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for bulge

Verb

Middle English bolgen

Noun

Middle English boulge, bouge leather bag, curved part, from Anglo-French bouge bag — more at budget

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More Definitions for bulge

bulge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bulge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to stick out in a rounded lump

: to be completely filled with something

bulge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bulge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rounded lump on the surface of something

: a sudden increase

bulge

verb
\ˈbəlj \
bulged; bulging

Kids Definition of bulge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to swell or curve outward Muscles bulged from his shirt.

bulge

noun

Kids Definition of bulge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a swelling part : a part that sticks out

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