flat·​u·​lence | \ ˈfla-chə-lən(t)s How to pronounce flatulence (audio) \

Definition of flatulence

1 : the quality or state of being flatulent
2 : flatus expelled through the anus

Examples of flatulence in a Sentence

symptoms include nausea, flatulence, and cramps
Recent Examples on the Web The action unfolds in the Harmonious Land of Harmonicania, where a heinous villain called the Stench has taken over the city with an outsize flatulence that has cleared out most of its inhabitants. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 Kids will enjoy the jokes about flatulence, while adults will fall in love with George Clooney's pot-bellied pig. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 At that point, what sounds a bit like electronic flatulence comes out of the speakers, leading to immediate giggles. Anna Chan, Billboard, 25 May 2021 No lumpy four-banger flatulence here, but rather that throaty Mercedes moan that defies the ear to determine whether the powerplant is a V-16, a straight eight, or a flat twin. Brock Yates, Car and Driver, 18 May 2021 That might explain how someone was able to sell a recording of his flatulence as an NFT for $85. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Apr. 2021 Over the centuries, rulers have imposed levies on beards, livestock flatulence and even urine (valued in ancient Rome for its ammonia). Daniel Akst, WSJ, 4 Apr. 2021 Recent studies have also shown that adding red seaweed to cow feed could cut bovine flatulence and cut cows' methane production by up to 98 per cent. Daphne Ewing-chow, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Kids who turn on the tube in Denmark might be greeted by gratuitous flatulence, cursing, casual nudity, or cross-dressing puppets. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of flatulence

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jun 2021

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“Flatulence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatulence. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flatulence

: the presence of too much gas or air in the stomach or intestines


flat·​u·​lence | \ ˈflach-ə-lən(t)s How to pronounce flatulence (audio) \

Medical Definition of flatulence

: the quality or state of being flatulent

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