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bulge

Syllabification: bulge
Pronunciation: /bəlj
 
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Definition of bulge in English:

noun

1A rounded swelling or protuberance that distorts a flat surface.
Example sentences
  • The rounded bulge of its roof was visible above the dry-stone dyke.
  • The hernia may look like a bulge or swelling in the groin area.
  • They calculate that the plume's buoyancy, as inferred by seismic imaging, is just enough to produce a bulge in the overlying surface that matches the superswell in size and height.
Synonyms
1.1(Especially in a military context) a piece of land that projects outward from an otherwise regular line: the advance created an eastward-facing bulge in the line
More example sentences
  • This is particularly true along the boundaries of the crescent-shaped Islamic bloc of nations from the bulge of Africa to Central Asia.
  • The larger part of the main forces belonged to the 10th army concentrated in the central part of the WSMD in the Bialystok bulge area.
  • The Germans planned powerful attacks from the areas near Orel and Belgorod toward Kursk to surround and destroy the Soviet forces within the bulge.
1.2 [in singular] informal A temporary unusual increase in number or size: a bulge in the birth rate
More example sentences
  • We who were born in the mid 50's are the biggest bulge of the baby boom cohort.
  • As the demographics I discussed earlier change, and as the baby boomers retire and the bulge flows through, there will be a huge increase in the cost of New Zealand superannuation.
  • That's a long time - long enough to weather most of the baby-boomer bulge.
Synonyms

verb

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1Swell or protrude to an unnatural or incongruous extent: the veins in his neck bulged (as adjective bulging) he stared with bulging eyes
More example sentences
  • He could feel the blood pumping through the veins that were starting to bulge out of the neck muscles.
  • Sometimes it can be genuinely disabling without the right treatment, if a nerve is trapped or a disc is bulging.
  • Its order books are bulging and profits are up 70% on the back of a soaring aerospace market.
Synonyms
swell, stick out, puff out, balloon (out), bug out, fill out, belly, distend, tumefy, intumesce;
project, protrude, stand out
1.1Be full of and distended with: a briefcase bulging with documents
More example sentences
  • Tony must feel like a man who has a wallet bulging with notes in one hand and a clutch of pressing bills in the other.
  • Newspapers bulge with travel advertisements and articles telling us about the wonders of the world.
  • He was carrying several shopping bags, bulging with packets and tins.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French boulge, from Latin bulga (see budget). The original meaning was 'wallet or bag', later 'a ship's bilge' (early 17th century); other senses presumably derived from association with the shape of a full bag.

Derivatives

bulgy

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The lobby has bulgy sofas and an open wood fire; you can eat your tea and scones here, or in the equally cosy sitting room.
  • The astronauts end up with bulgy faces, sinus congestion, and a lot of edema in the upper body.
  • It's better than weight training, because it lengthens your muscles rather than making them bulgy.

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