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bulge

[ buhlj ]
/ bʌldʒ /
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noun
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.
verb (used without object), bulged, bulg·ing.
to swell or bend outward; be protuberant.
to be filled to capacity: The box bulged with cookies.
verb (used with object), bulged, bulg·ing.
to make protuberant; cause to swell.

OTHER WORDS FOR bulge

4 protrude, project, stick out.
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Origin of bulge

1200–50; Middle English: bag, hump <Old French <Latin bulga bag <Celtic; compare Irish bolg bag

how to pronounce bulge

See bulk1.

OTHER WORDS FROM bulge

bulg·ing·ly, adverboutbulge, verb, out·bulged, out·bulg·ing.

Other definitions for bulge (2 of 2)

Bulge
[ buhlj ]
/ bʌldʒ /

noun
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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British Dictionary definitions for bulge (1 of 2)

bulge
/ (bʌldʒ) /

noun
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
verb
to swell outwards

Derived forms of bulge

bulging, adjectivebulgingly, adverbbulgy, adjectivebulginess, noun

Word Origin for bulge

C13: from Old French bouge, from Latin bulga bag, probably of Gaulish origin

British Dictionary definitions for bulge (2 of 2)

Bulge
/ (bʌldʒ) /

noun
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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