pro·​tu·​ber·​ant | \ prō-ˈtü-b(ə-)rənt How to pronounce protuberant (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of protuberant

: thrusting out from a surrounding or adjacent surface often as a rounded mass : prominent protuberant eyes

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protuberantly adverb

Examples of protuberant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bevelled edges flirt with object-ness, making the works seem fat material presentations, protuberant from walls, rather than pictures. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "How to Read Sam Gilliam’s Formalism," 9 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, Angela is carrying on with protuberant tennis pro Tony Parker (Andrew Carter), who becomes the object of lust to both Edith and Angela's gay son, Lance (Tom DeTrinis). F. Kathleen Foley,, "Lust, secrets, murder: Dive into the drag-rific world of 'Die, Mommy, Die!'," 17 May 2018 If, for instance, a weak bladder leads a child to perform poorly in timed exams or protuberant ears means bullying blighted their education, genetic variants for these traits will show up as disadvantageous. The Economist, "Genes and backgrounds matter most to exam results," 26 Mar. 2018 Remember the beefy Mitch (David Hasselhoff back then, now the ever-affable Dwayne Johnson) a smirking beach god with protuberant pectorals? Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Review: Is ‘Baywatch’ hate-watch worthy?," 24 May 2017 Hoopskirts like armor, frilly materials made knife-sharp, curlers or a heeled pump worn as a protuberant helmet: this is female attire that makes a statement, at once protective and aggressive. The New Yorker, "Rocha Dance Theatre," 12 May 2013 Her exceptionally protuberant breasts and derrière, which rendered her an object not only of curiosity but also of lust. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Venus’ Recalls a Woman’s Fortune, and Her Ruin," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of protuberant

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for protuberant

Late Latin protuberant-, protuberans, present participle of protuberare to bulge out, from Latin pro- forward + tuber excrescence, swelling; perhaps akin to Latin tumēre to swell — more at thumb entry 1

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The first known use of protuberant was in 1646

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“Protuberant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of protuberant

: sticking out from a surface usually with a curved or rounded shape


pro·​tu·​ber·​ant | \ -b(ə-)rənt How to pronounce protuberant (audio) \

Medical Definition of protuberant

: bulging beyond the surrounding or adjacent surface : prominent protuberant eyes

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