WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
bulge /bʌldʒ/USA pronunciation  n., v.,  bulged, bulg•ing.

n. [countable]
  1. a rounded part that sticks out of something:She started to exercise to reduce the bulge at her waistline.
  2. a sudden increase, as in volume:The graphs show the bulge in unemployment for that month.

v. [no object]
  1. to swell or bend outward; stick out:His stomach bulged out over his belt.
  2. [+ with] to be filled completely:The briefcase bulged with papers.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bulge /bʌldʒ/ n
  1. a swelling or an outward curve
  2. a sudden increase in number or volume, esp of population
  1. to swell outwards
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French bouge, from Latin bulga bag, probably of Gaulish origin

ˈbulging adj ˈbulgy adj

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