bulge
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /bʌldʒ/
  • (America) IPA: /bʌldʒ/, /bʊldʒ/
Noun

bulge (plural bulges)

  1. Something sticking out from a surface; a swelling, protuberant part; a bending outward, especially when caused by pressure.
    a bulge in a wall
    a bulge in my pocket where I kept my wallet
  2. The bilge or protuberant part of a cask.
  3. (nautical) The bilge of a vessel.
  4. (colloquial) The outline of male genitals visible through clothing.
  5. (figurative) A sudden rise in value or quantity.
    • 1930, Stanford University, Wheat Studies of the Food Research Institute (volume 7, page 204)
      A second bulge in prices occurred during September 30 — October 9. The rise of prices up to October 3 was in part apparently a technical adjustment of the markets, a reaction to the preceding decline.
Translations Verb

bulge (bulges, present participle bulging; past and past participle bulged)

  1. (intransitive) To stick out from (a surface).
    The submarine bulged because of the enormous air pressure inside.
    He stood six feet tall, with muscular arms bulging out of his black T-shirt.
  2. (intransitive) To bilge, as a ship; to founder.
    • 1739, William Broome, “The Battle of the Gods and Titans” in Poems on Several Occasions, London: Henry Lintot, p. 253,
      Fatal to Man! at once all Ocean roars,
      And scattered navies bulge on distant shores.
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