bulge

I UK [bʌldʒ] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "bulge":
singular bulge plural bulges
1) a shape that curves outwards on the surface of something, often made by something under it or inside it

She was only three months pregnant but already had a slight bulge.

2) an increase in something, especially a temporary one or one that is not too serious

More convictions are leading to a bulge in the prison population.


II UK [bʌldʒ] / US verb [intransitive]
Word forms "bulge":
present tense I/you/we/they bulge he/she/it bulges present participle bulging past tense bulged past participle bulged
1) to stick out in a curved shape

His biceps bulged as he lifted the weights.

2) to be very full

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Bulge — (b[u^]lj), n. [OE. bulge a swelling; cf. AS. belgan to swell, OSw. bulgja, Icel. b[=o]lginn swollen, OHG. belgan to swell, G. bulge leathern sack, Skr. b[.r]h to be large, strong; the root meaning to swell. Cf. {Bilge}, {Belly}, {Billow}, {Bouge} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bulge — vb Bulge, jut, stick out, protuberate, protrude, project, overhang, beetle mean to extend outward beyond the usual and normal line. Bulge suggests a swelling out in an excessive or abnormal fashion; it may be used when the impression to be given… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Bulge — Bulge, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Bulged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bulging}.] 1. To swell or jut out; to bend outward, as a wall when it yields to pressure; to be protuberant; as, the wall bulges. [1913 Webster] 2. To bilge, as a ship; to founder. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bulge — ● bulge nom masculin (anglais bulge, bosse) Compartiment aménagé à l extérieur de la carène d un navire pour éloigner de celle ci le point d explosion d une torpille …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Bulge — →Battle of the Bulge. the …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bulge — [n] swollen object appendage, bagginess, blob, bump, bunch, bunching, convexity, dilation, distention, excess, excrescence, gibbosity, growth, hump, intumescence, jut, lump, nodulation, nodule, outgrowth, outthrust, projection, prominence,… …   New thesaurus

  • Bulge — Bulge, Lederschlauch zum Ausschöpfen von Wasser oder zum Fortschaffen von Erzen; Bulgenkunst, Wasserhebewerk mit Ledereimern an endloser Kette …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • bulge — index project (extend beyond) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bulge — (n.) c.1200, from O.Fr. bouge wallet, pouch, leather bag (see BUDGET (Cf. budget)). Sense of swelling is first recorded 1620s. The verb is first recorded 1670s. Related: Bulged; bulging. BILGE (Cf. Bilge) (q.v.) may be a nautical variant …   Etymology dictionary

  • bulge — ► NOUN 1) a rounded swelling distorting a flat surface. 2) Military a piece of land projecting outwards from an otherwise regular line. 3) informal a temporary increase. ► VERB 1) swell or protrude to an unnatural extent. 2) be full of and… …   English terms dictionary

  • bulge — [bulj] n. [ME < OFr bouge: see BUDGE2] 1. an outward swelling; protuberance 2. a projecting part, as a military salient ☆ 3. Informal a sudden increase in size, value, etc. ☆ 4. Informal advantage or margin of advantage vi., vt …   English World dictionary

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