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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 of bulge
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 .

Bulge

[buhlj] /bʌldʒ/
noun
1.
Battle of the, the final major German counteroffensive in World War II, begun December 16, 1944, and thrusting deep into Allied territory in N and E Belgium: repulsed January 1945.
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  • They ran until the bulge of the inner globe all but hid the plane from them.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • Positives do not swell or bulge as they discharge, but shed the active material.

  • "You've got the bulge on me this time, guv'nor," he admitted ruefully.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • Peters bulged at any point, that bulge must be caused by a pistol.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • The bulge is now a heap and ruin of burnt and tumbled mud and chalk.

    The Old Front Line John Masefield
British Dictionary definitions for bulge

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 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 bulge

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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battle of the bulge

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