WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bulge /bʌldʒ/USA pronunciation n., v., bulged, bulg•ing.

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

  • v. [no object]
  • to swell or bend outward; stick out:His stomach bulged out over his belt.
  • [+ 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
    vb
    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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