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

And my market bag was bulging with leeks, green garlic shoots and glorious colorful chard, fat yellow carrots and fava beans. David Tanis, New York Times, "Lamb Stew, Now Lighter and Brighter," 11 May 2018 Doctors tested Emily for everything from bulging disks and hypothyroidism to lupus and multiple sclerosis — all came back negative. Leslie Goldman, Woman's Day, "More Women Have Fibromyalgia Than Breast Cancer," 10 Sep. 2017 Most of the rooms were encrusted with formations bulging from the walls, dripping from the ceilings and rising from the floor. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "A Blow-Your-Mind Adventure in Vietnam’s Caves," 13 Nov. 2018 In the middle of it is a block of black, dusty fur, with two bulging eyes and a pair of chatter teeth. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Circuit bending: Hacking a Furby in the name of music," 14 Sep. 2018 Pouring the concrete for the structure resembled building a sandcastle: forms burst, walls bulged, and section after section had to be patched up or started again. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "How Can It Take 15 Years and $32 Million to Build a Neighborhood Library?," 29 Mar. 2018 If the tough exterior of one of your spinal discs tears, some of the soft stuff on the inside can bulge outward. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "6 Things That Could Be Causing Your Lower Back Pain, Based on How It Feels," 28 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Doctors have also been using it (off-label) on armpit and bra bulge, as well as the abdomen. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018 More often than not, the sleeves need to be tailored, the hem taken up, and the buttons repositioned to eliminate that embarrassing bulge at the bust. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Label Is for Women Who Want a Custom Shirt at the Right Price But Just Can’t Find One," 25 Oct. 2018 Storm surges — the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane — were as high as 10 feet (3 meters). Fox News, "Nearly stalled, Florence besieges Carolinas with floodwaters," 15 Sep. 2018 In Paris, those in the know go to see Martine de Richeville, who combined her master’s degree in psychology with training in acupuncture to create a signature Remodelage treatment designed to rid the body of bulges and the mind of stress. Emily Listfield, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Body Sculptors," 1 June 2017 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

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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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