bulge

verb
\ ˈbəlj also ˈbu̇lj How to pronounce bulge (audio) \
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 How to pronounce bulgy (audio) 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

Worried about bulging obesity levels, last year the government introduced a tax on sugary drinks, which led manufacturers to change their recipes or raise their prices. The Economist, "Boris Johnson may reverse Britain’s embrace of sin taxes," 4 July 2019 Christen Press was an impressionable 10-year-old at the Rose Bowl when when Chastain ripped off her jersey after bulging the net with the clinching penalty kick. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Women’s soccer’s journey from promise of 1999 to reality of 2019," 11 June 2019 How about those pouch-like protrusions bulging from underneath larger clouds? Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Clouds, explained," 24 Apr. 2019 Investors’ dissatisfaction stands in contrast to bulging order books and rising industrial output, buoyed by a rebound in oil prices that has spurred more domestic drilling. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Costs Are Crashing the Party for Manufacturers," 22 July 2018 Whether your lasting memory of Italy's 1982 World Cup win is Paolo Rossi's hat-trick against Brazil or Marco Tardelli's eye-bulging celebration against West Germany, everyone is aware of the famous Azzurri shirt. SI.com, "50 Greatest Football Shirts of All Time," 28 June 2019 Instead, too many in the news business react with bulging veins and defensive lectures, which is exactly the response Trump wants. Gary Abernathy, The Denver Post, "Commentary: Good journalism is gasping for air," 24 June 2019 Pulling forward the purchases left many companies with bulging inventories, and shipping volumes more recently have receded. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Trade Battle Looks Set to Roil Container Shipping," 14 May 2019 The bulging zones of high pressure in the Arctic, which have facilitated the unusual warmth and intensified melting, are displacing the cold air normally contained in that region into the mid-latitudes - like a refrigerator door left open. Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, "Arctic Ocean and Greenland ice sheet seeing record June ice loss," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These include benches, gazebos and pergolas that sport candy colors and cartoonish bulges. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Dickson Carroll puts fun and folly in form and function," 21 June 2019 Push the sides of the mirror back so the middle bulges out toward you. Scientific American, "Distorted Images," 6 June 2019 The bike does has a battery bulge along the backside of the seat tube. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "First look: Cowboy proves the e-bikes with removable batteries can be beautiful," 8 June 2019 The lithosphere is unable to move much, but the water is pulled by the gravity and a bulge is created. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "How low can you go? West Coast tides this summer should be astonishing," 3 June 2019 That made for a significant cash bulge in my parents’ fiscal year, like Black Friday... Matthew Hennessey, WSJ, "St. Patrick Brought the Green Stuff to My Barkeep Parents," 15 Mar. 2019 An aneurysm is a bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel in your brain that develops due to a weakness in the artery wall. Korin Miller, SELF, "'Game of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Reveals She Survived 2 Aneurysms," 22 Mar. 2019 The weakness tends to get worse over time, leading to the formation of a bulge that may leak blood or even rupture. Korin Miller, SELF, "'Game of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Reveals She Survived 2 Aneurysms," 22 Mar. 2019 Her breasts droop; her navel frowns; her ankles bulge; her shoulders slump. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce bulge (audio) \
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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