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bulge

[buhlj] /bʌldʒ/
noun
1.
a rounded projection, bend, or protruding part; protuberance; 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.
verb (used without object), bulged, bulging.
4.
to swell or bend outward; be protuberant.
5.
to be filled to capacity:
The box bulged with cookies.
verb (used with object), bulged, bulging.
6.
to make protuberant; cause to swell.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English: bag, hump < Old French < Latin bulga bag < Celtic; compare Irish bolg bag
Related forms
bulgingly, adverb
outbulge, verb, outbulged, outbulging.
Synonyms
4. protrude, project, stick out.
Pronunciation note
See bulk1 .
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  • They bulged and recoiled according to war and season.
  • The patient turned white, her eyes bulged, and she had no pulse.
  • Only one end is slack or slightly bulged sample with ice packs and the end remains flat if pressed in.
British Dictionary definitions for bulged

bulge

/bʌldʒ/
noun
1.
a swelling or an outward curve
2.
a sudden increase in number or volume, esp of population
3.
(Brit) another name for baby boom
4.
(Brit) the projecting part of an army's front line; salient
verb
5.
to swell outwards
Derived Forms
bulging, adjective
bulgingly, adverb
bulgy, adjective
bulginess, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French bouge, from Latin bulga bag, probably of Gaulish origin

Bulge

/bʌldʒ/
noun
1.
Battle of the Bulge, (in World War II) the final major German counteroffensive in 1944 when the Allied forces were pushed back into NE Belgium; the Germans were repulsed by Jan 1945
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Word Origin and History for bulged

bulge

n.

c.1200, "wallet, leather bag," from Old French bouge, boulge "wallet, pouch, leather bag," or directly from Latin bulga "leather sack" (see budget (n.)). Sense of "a swelling" is first recorded 1620s. Bilge (q.v.) might be a nautical variant.

v.

"to protrude, swell out," 1670s, from bulge (n.). Related: Bulged; bulging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bulged

bulge

noun
  1. An advantage; a lead: running up a 20–0 bulge/ the Californians fashioned a two-run bulge of their own (1840s+)
  2. A usually fatty surplus on the waist, buttocks, etc; spare tire (1940s+)
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