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 Its bulging front fenders, countless aero bits, and distracting (yet functional) wing are made more obviously offensive by our hatchback's brilliant Boost Blue hue. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The Revised 2020 Honda Civic Type R Is a Deliriously Terrific Escape for Driving Enthusiasts," 21 May 2020 Now, with a bulging ventilator stack, Cuomo has directed the National Guard to remove the unused, life-saving machines from medical facilities and reallocate or return them to other states. Fox News, "Coronavirus: Amid New York's unused hospital beds and ventilators, critics point to mass waste and mismanagement," 1 May 2020 For others, symptoms can include a bulging midriff, breast pain and cysts, moodiness, changes in appetite, energy, and concentration level—and major sleep disturbances. Time, "Gen X Women Get Less Sleep Than Any Other Generation. What's Keeping Them Up?," 6 Jan. 2020 Carter isn’t ashamed to show off the guns, a trend nowadays with officials that dates back to the notorious bulging biceps of NFL referee Ed Hochuli. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Behind the Scenes as SEC Refs Get a Unique Primer at Georgia Camp," 22 Aug. 2019 At last, the tumor—yellow-red and bulging—was at the center of the console screen. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, "Paging Dr. Robot," 23 Sep. 2019 Another certainty, filed under the good-problems-to-have department: The Padres must make decisions about a bulging roster with pitcher Garrett Richards and outfielders Franchy Cordero and Travis Jankowski on the way. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Trade options on table for Preller, Padres show progress," 20 July 2019 The bulging veins were classic Cone, a Hulk-like feature on an otherwise ordinary looking pitcher. Matt Martell, SI.com, "As MLB Continues to Evolve, So Does David Cone," 18 July 2019 This season's league title was the 10th of Buffon's career, adding to a bulging trophy cabinet that contains just about every honour in football. chicagotribune.com, "World Cup winner Buffon to leave Paris Saint-Germain," 5 June 2019

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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 6 Jun. 2020.

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