- 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
1200–50; Middle English: bag, hump < Old French < Latin bulga bag < Celtic; compare Irish bolg bag
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(g) The spongy lead may be bulged, or the positives may be buckled.The Automobile Storage Battery
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Then he carefully bestowed it in his coat pocket, where it bulged obtrusively.The Twins of Suffering Creek
The water on the right, close to the stern, bulged and burst with a roar.Tales of Fishes
Frozen with soul-chilling fear, Asher stared with eyes that bulged.
A television set had somehow been turned on by the crash that bulged the back wall.Morale
- 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
C13: from Old French bouge, from Latin bulga bag, probably of Gaulish origin
- 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 bulged
"to protrude, swell out," 1670s, from bulge (n.). Related: Bulged; bulging.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper