bulg·​ing | \ ˈbəl-jiŋ also ˈbu̇l- How to pronounce bulging (audio) \

Definition of bulging

1 : swelling or thrusting out from a surrounding or adjacent surface : protuberant bulging eyes bulging muscles
2 : swollen with contents bulging pockets a bulging wallet There were cardboard boxes piled up on the curb along with four bulging black plastic bags.— Sue Grafton

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Earth’s magnetic field, also called the magnetosphere, is generated by currents of molten iron in the planet’s interior and extends outward from the poles in great bulging arcs. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "When the Sun’s Magnetic Field Squashes the Earth’s Magnetic Field, Beautiful Things Happen," 14 Feb. 2019 Portugal The European champion relies on Cristiano Ronaldo for quite a bit, a lot, er, pretty much everything, and the big star with the big ego would love to add a World Cup title to his bulging trophy cabinet. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup: Ranking all 32 teams, from hopeless to hopefuls," 22 May 2018 The disease – which Elliott was diagnosed with in 2008 – first began affecting her motor skills, followed by a string of symptoms: dizzy spells, lumps in her throat, mood swings, hair loss, a fast heart rate and bulging eyes. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "Missy Elliott Is Glowing After Giving Up Bread and Soda for 4 Months," 10 May 2018 At this point there are a multitude of procedures that will improve the bulging areas of your body. Dr. Carlos Wolf, miamiherald, "Tummy tucks work well, but so do many minimally invasive procedures | Miami Herald," 23 Apr. 2018 Dickerson, who missed last season due to a bulging disc that required surgery, had hoped rest and rehab would be enough. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres' Dickerson to have season-ending surgery for second straight year," 21 Mar. 2018 The 47-year-old achieved this without the bulging financial muscle of his direct competition - his side is dwarfed significantly by the money at the disposal of Real Madrid and Barcelona. SI.com, "FanView: Why Diego Simeone Could Be Just What Arsenal Need in the Post Arsène Wenger Era," 26 Apr. 2018 The suspect was described by police as a man in his early twenties, 5 feet 9 inches, 160 pounds, with bulging eyes. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Johns Hopkins investigating indecent exposure incident," 11 Apr. 2018 Humans are preprogrammed to want to nurture anything with baby-like features—namely, a big bulging forehead, large, low-set eyes and round cheeks. Lucy Cooke, WSJ, "The Un-Cuddly Truth About Pandas," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bulging

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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