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bulge

verb \ ˈbəlj also ˈbu̇lj \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of bulge

bulged; bulging
transitive verb
: to cause to bulge
intransitive verb
1 archaic : bilge
2 a : to jut out : swell
b : to bend outward
  • prevent the brick wall from bulging
c : to become swollen or protuberant
  • … a pair of arresting pale blue eyes that tend to bulge maniacally …
  • —Jeremy Egner
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

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Origin and Etymology of bulge

Middle English bolgen


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bulge

noun

Definition of bulge

1 a : bilge 1
  • the bulge of a barrel
b nautical : bilge 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 : advantage, upper hand
  • letting them get the bulge on you
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.

Recent Examples of bulge from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of bulge

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

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

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

verb \ ˈbəlj \

Definition of bulge for Students

bulged; bulging
: to swell or curve outward
  • Muscles bulged from his shirt.

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bulge

noun

Definition of bulge for Students

: a swelling part : a part that sticks out


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