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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Looking back at the old meal plans, fastened to a bulging clipboard, is one long nostalgic stroll. Stephanie Ganz, Bon Appétit, "How I Conquer Existential Dread By Meal Planning for My Family," 19 June 2019 The thin air seems to age me 30 years, while the strong solar rays sap my energy and suck all humidity from my bulging eyes. Mark Johanson, chicagotribune.com, "A landscape like no other: Exploring the surreal southern end of the Atacama Desert," 6 June 2019 After Mayboroda’s talk, the two started speculating whether the irregular bulging patterns in Mayboroda’s plates might be related to the way Filoche’s vibrations localized in some places and disappeared in others. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Tame Rogue Waves, Lighting Up Future of LEDs," 22 Aug. 2017 Yet by every account, the philosopher was exceptionally ugly, his mien marred by monstrous bulging eyes, in a society that prized manly beauty as a virtue partaking of the divine. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘Socrates in Love’ Review: A Vigorous, Brilliant Young Man," 17 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of bulging

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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