WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
bulge /bʌldʒ/USA pronunciation
n., v., bulged, bulg•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [no object]
- 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.
- to swell or bend outward; stick out:His stomach bulged out over his belt.
- to be filled completely[~ + with]The briefcase bulged with papers.
(bulj), n., v., bulged, bulg•ing.
- a rounded projection, bend, or protruding part;
hump:a bulge in a wall.
- any sudden increase, as of numbers, sales, or prices:the bulge in profits.
- 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.
- to swell or bend outward; be protuberant.
- to be filled to capacity:The box bulged with cookies.
- to make protuberant;
cause to swell.
4 . protrude, project, stick out.
- Celtic; compare Irish bolg bag
- Latin bulga bag
- Old French
- Middle English: bag, hump 1200–50
- 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
- a swelling or an outward curve
- a sudden increase in number or volume, esp of population
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French bouge, from Latin bulga bag, probably of Gaulish originˈbulging adj ˈbulgy adj
- to swell outwards
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