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bulge

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verb \ˈbəlj also ˈbu̇lj\

Definition of bulge

bulged

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bulging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to bulge

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 archaic :  bilge

  5. 2a :  to jut out :  swellb :  to bend outward prevent the brick wall from bulgingc :  to become swollen or protuberant … a pair of arresting pale blue eyes that tend to bulge maniacally … — Jeremy Egner

  6. 3 :  to be filled to overflowing a notebook that bulged with ideas

Examples of bulge in a Sentence

  1. His face turned white and his eyes bulged.

  2. middle-aged people bulging at the waist

  3. Their bags bulged with books and papers.

  4. The squirrel's cheeks were bulging with nuts.

  5. a notebook bulging with ideas

Origin and Etymology of bulge

Middle English bolgen


First Known Use: 15th century


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bulge

noun

Definition of bulge

  1. 1a :  bilge 1 the bulge of a barrelb nautical :  bilge 2

  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. 3 :  advantage, upper hand letting them get the bulge on you

  4. 4 :  sudden expansion a population bulge

bulgy

play \ˈbəl-jē also ˈbu̇l-\ adjective

Examples of bulge in a Sentence

  1. What's in there? he asked, pointing to the large bulge in my purse.

  2. I'm exercising to get rid of this bulge around my middle.

Origin and Etymology of bulge

Middle English boulge, bouge leather bag, curved part, from Anglo-French bouge bag — more at budget


First Known Use: 1622

Synonym Discussion of bulge

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

BULGE Defined for English Language Learners

bulge

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verb

Definition of bulge for English Language Learners

  • : to stick out in a rounded lump

  • : to be completely filled with something

bulge

noun

Definition of bulge for English Language Learners

  • : a rounded lump on the surface of something

  • : a sudden increase


BULGE Defined for Kids

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bulge

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verb \ˈbəlj\

Definition of bulge for Students

bulged

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bulging

  1. :  to swell or curve outward Muscles bulged from his shirt.


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bulge

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noun

Definition of bulge for Students

  1. :  a swelling part :  a part that sticks out



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