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[buhlj] /bʌldʒ/
a rounded projection, bend, or protruding part; protuberance; 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.
verb (used without object), bulged, bulging.
to swell or bend outward; be protuberant.
to be filled to capacity:
The box bulged with cookies.
verb (used with object), bulged, bulging.
to make protuberant; cause to swell.
Origin of bulge
1200-50; Middle English: bag, hump < Old French < Latin bulga bag < Celtic; compare Irish bolg bag
Related forms
bulgingly, adverb
outbulge, verb, outbulged, outbulging.
4. protrude, project, stick out.
Pronunciation note
See bulk1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bulging
  • The northern flank of the mountain was bulging outward at a rate of more than one meter per day as magma built up inside.
  • If your cymbidium orchids are bulging out of their containers or the bark has decomposed, it's time to repot them.
  • Colleges face a challenge to masculinity that bulging muscles, rumbling voices, and jacked-up pickup trucks won't remedy.
  • For example, bulging of the mirror surface can defocus a laser beam.
  • Sure bulging legs and tremendous stamina will keep you in the race, but the right gear is crucial if you want to win.
  • They shouldn't define any structure bulging out from the lateral and dorsal surfaces of the skull.
  • Its sides are smooth, and sometimes bulging from the presence of a small air sinus in the interior.
  • We approach one that appears to be sleeping, its rumpled back and bulging head rolling with the waves.
  • Rich found that the dinosaur had bulging optic lobes, parts of the brain that process visual information.
  • No longer do they stay quietly in their bulging neighborhoods, out of everyone's way but their own.
British Dictionary definitions for bulging


a swelling or an outward curve
a sudden increase in number or volume, esp of population
(Brit) another name for baby boom
(Brit) the projecting part of an army's front line; salient
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


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 bulging



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.


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

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Slang definitions & phrases for bulging


  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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