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bulge

noun

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1 a part that sticks out from the general mass of something
  • several bulges in the old vinyl flooring in the dingy bathroom

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bulge

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of bulge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to extend outward beyond a usual point
  • the sides of the returning camper's suitcase bulged with a month's worth of dirty laundry

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2 to be copiously supplied
  • this guidebook to San Francisco positively bulges with useful information

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How is the word bulge different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of bulge are projection, protrusion, and protuberance. While all these words mean "an extension beyond the normal line or surface," bulge suggests an expansion caused by internal pressure.

bulges in the tile floor

When is projection a more appropriate choice than bulge?

The synonyms projection and bulge are sometimes interchangeable, but projection implies a jutting out especially at a sharp angle.

those projections along the wall are safety hazards

Where would protrusion be a reasonable alternative to bulge?

While in some cases nearly identical to bulge, protrusion suggests a thrusting out so that the extension seems a deformity.

the bizarre protrusions of a coral reef

When would protuberance be a good substitute for bulge?

The meanings of protuberance and bulge largely overlap; however, protuberance implies a growing or swelling out in rounded form.

a skin disease marked by warty protuberances

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The first known use of bulge was in the 15th century

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“Bulge.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bulge. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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