WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
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. to be filled completely[+ with]The briefcase bulged with papers.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
bulge  (bulj), 
n., v., bulged, bulg•ing. 

  1. a rounded projection, bend, or protruding part;
    hump:a bulge in a wall.
  2. any sudden increase, as of numbers, sales, or prices:the bulge in profits.
  3. a rising in small waves on the surface of a body of water, caused by the action of a fish or fishes in pursuit of food underwater.

  1. to swell or bend outward; be protuberant.
  2. to be filled to capacity:The box bulged with cookies.

  1. to make protuberant;
    cause to swell.
  • Celtic; compare Irish bolg bag
  • Latin bulga bag
  • Old French
  • Middle English: bag, hump 1200–50
bulging•ly, adv. 
4 . protrude, project, stick out. See bulk1. 
Bulge  (bulj), 
  1. GovernmentBattle of the, the final major German counteroffensive in World War II, begun December 16, 1944, and thrusting deep into Allied territory in N and E Belgium: repulsed January 1945.

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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