- 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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Examples from the Web for bulging
Think of him as a kind of Cecil Rhodes in a loincloth and with bulging muscles.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?
November 23, 2014
The security guard wears a black suit and black V-neck that hardly contain his bulging muscles.The Holy Grail of Comic Books Hid in Plain Site at New York Comic Con
October 14, 2014
An earache in a child with a perfectly normal exam is more difficult to figure out than one with a bulging and inflamed eardrum.DEA's Painkiller Crackdown Too Little, Too Late?
August 27, 2014
His bald head, oversize features, and animated, bulging eyes gave him a Shrek-like appearance.For Ukrainians on Holiday, the Carpathians Are the New Crimea
July 14, 2014
Waiting in a pub with a bulging parcel of cash, the former asks “Will we get a receipt?”Tiger, Tiger: The Hunt for the Great Irish Novel
February 28, 2014
Captain Jerry gazed at the extension-case with bulging eyes.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Whether the case can be repaired depends on the extent of the bulging.
Even if the bulging is but very slight, the plates must be pressed.
He wore a duck shooting-jacket, the pockets of it bulging as if with game.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
Then it slid down, its movement visible in the bulging of the drenched cloth.The Golden Woman
- 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 bulging
"to protrude, swell out," 1670s, from bulge (n.). Related: Bulged; bulging.