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

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

Examples of bulging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the big, bulging, muscles that let Hulk SMASH so effectively aren't the same as carrying a lot of excess fat. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2021 Indian streamer ALTBalaji has revealed a focus on the burgeoning Indian youth market and a bulging slate. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, the green frogs are very interested in what is going on right in front of their little bulging eyes. Cori Brown, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 11 July 2021 Hayes’ former boyfriend, Jimmy Jackson, then 72, was seen in surveillance video leaving Hayes’ apartment with a bulging suitcase and dragging it through the lobby to a dumpster outside. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, 23 June 2021 Collecting every bit of data makes for a bulging warehouse. Christian Ofori-boateng, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Fisher isn’t concerned with trying to keep everyone happy, a task next to impossible anyway in the era of the bulging transfer portal. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, 1 Dec. 2020 Just what a frothy stock market needed: a bulging slate of tech IPOs, breaking a lengthy drought. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 31 Aug. 2020 The convention center's architecture, full of bulging, rectangular concrete blocks, becomes a perilous series of leaps for Ellie. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 2 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of bulging

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bulging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulging. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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