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.
- bulg·ing·ly, adverb
- outbulge, verb, out·bulged, out·bulg·ing.
Other definitions for Bulge (2 of 2)
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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How to use bulge in a sentence
The stream of texts lasted for months and eventually included pictures, one of which showed a man with a bulge in his pants, and finally, one of a naked, erect penis.Mets fire GM Jared Porter after ESPN details lewd, harassing texts to female reporter | Dave Sheinin, Cindy Boren | January 19, 2021 | Washington Post
Such calculations have previously suggested that a star dies, somewhere in the bulge or disk, every few decades.Stars are dying all across the galaxy—why don’t we see them? | Charlie Wood | December 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
Most spiral galaxies, like the one pictured here, have a galactic bulge at their center.
The long-lasting warm pattern is the result of a persistent bulge or ridge in the jet stream developing over the eastern United States, which will promote air flow from the south.D.C. starts what could be historic stretch of November warmth | Jason Samenow | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
You should check for any bulges or dents in the jar’s lid, and make sure there are no signs that food has bubbled out and dribbled down the outside of the jar.
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? | Ted Gioia | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Sujay Kumar | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Eyes red and prison muscles bulging, a tattooed white man behind me jumped to his feet from a crouch and swatted me aside.
An earache in a child with a perfectly normal exam is more difficult to figure out than one with a bulging and inflamed eardrum.
“Nah,” Mitchum says, looking down at his slightly bulging belly.The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum | Robert Ward | July 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He thought it very likely, and he wanted to see them—but movement was repulsive to his bulging body.
Scattergood placed the tin object to his lips and puffed out his bulging cheeks.
Scattergood leaned forward, his round face, with its bulging cheeks, as expressionless as some particularly big and ruddy apple.
My dear Signor, he began, showing a large envelope bulging with newspaper clippings, I have brought the notices.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
Darker grew his florid countenance; his bulging eyes looked troubled and perplexed.Mistress Wilding | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for bulge (1 of 2)
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
- bulging, adjective
- bulgingly, adverb
- bulgy, adjective
- bulginess, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Bulge (2 of 2)
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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