Bulge meaning

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To bulge is defined as to swell, protrude or stick out more than normal.

When you eat a really giant meal and your stomach starts to stick out more than normal, this is an example of a time when your stomach bulges.

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A protruding part; an outward curve or swelling.
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To cause to bulge.
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The definition of a bulge is a swelling or protrusion in an otherwise flat surface.

A big bump sticking out of a flat surface is an example of a bulge.

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(intransitive) To stick out from (a surface).

The submarine bulged because of the enormous air pressure inside.

He stood six feet tall, with muscular arms bulging out of his black T-shirt.

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To swell, protrude, or curve outward.

A wall bulging after a flood; muscles bulging under a shirt.

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(informal) A sudden increase in size, value, etc.
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(informal) Advantage or margin of advantage.
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(nautical) The bilge of a vessel.
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An outward swelling; protuberance.
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(intransitive) To bilge, as a ship; to founder.
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(nautical) A bilge.
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A sudden, usually temporary increase in number or quantity.

The baby boom created a bulge in school enrollment.

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A projecting part, as a military salient.
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To swell or bend outward; protrude or project.
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Typically, a quick run-up in the price of a futures contract, although the term can be used to refer to stocks, the entire stock market, or another investment.
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Something sticking out from a surface; a swelling, protuberant part; a bending outward, especially when caused by pressure.

A bulge in a wall.

A bulge in my pocket where I kept my wallet.

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The bilge or protuberant part of a cask.
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Origin of bulge

  • Middle English pouch from Old French bulge, bouge from Latin bulga bag of Celtic origin bhelgh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Northern French boulge (“leather bag”), from Late Latin bulga (“leather sack”), of Gaulish origin. Cognates includes bilge, belly, bellows, budget, French bouge, German Balg, etc.

    From Wiktionary