- 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.
- to swell or bend outward; be protuberant.
- to be filled to capacity: The box bulged with cookies.
- to make protuberant; cause to swell.
Origin of bulge
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- 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.
Examples from the Web for bulge
Targeting pods can bulge out a bit, and leak out unwanted signals.Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets
December 26, 2014
A nation that not 20 years ago was struggling with malnutrition, Brazil is now waging an all-too-familiar battle of the bulge.Meet the Chef Fighting to Ensure That Brazilians Will Never Be as Fat as Americans
June 25, 2014
I saw you offered advice to Jon Hamm about how to handle the fascination over his bulge?‘It’s Too Big’: Meet Jonah Falcon, the Man With the World’s Largest Penis
May 6, 2013
Lately, the name Jon Hamm and the word “bulge” have become synonymous.‘Mad Men’: Jon Hamm’s Penis is Too Big for Clothes, Needs Airbrushing
March 20, 2013
He has searched Belgium for Americans shot down in the Battle of the Bulge.Can This Dog Solve the Black Dahlia Homicide?
February 3, 2013
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.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
"You've got the bulge on me this time, guv'nor," he admitted ruefully.The Grell Mystery
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
- a swelling or an outward curve
- a sudden increase in number or volume, esp of population
- British another name for baby boom
- British the projecting part of an army's front line; salient
- to swell outwards
- 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
Word Origin and History for bulge
"to protrude, swell out," 1670s, from bulge (n.). Related: Bulged; bulging.