To bulge is to stick out, making a bump called a bulge. A leak in the roof might make your ceiling bulge, and a giant feast could make a bulge over your waistband.

The word bulge comes from the Old French word bouge for "wallet.” A full wallet makes a bulge in a guy’s back pocket. Bodybuilders' muscles bulge out of their bodies. A pimple is a tiny bulge on your skin. For the record, Battle of the Bulge isn’t a diet plan. It was a battle in World War II. Americans called it the Battle of the Bulge because of the way the Allied front line bulged inward.

Definitions of bulge
  1. verb
    swell or protrude outwards
    “His stomach bulged after the huge meal”
    synonyms: pouch, protrude
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    stick out or up
    type of:
    change form, change shape, deform
    assume a different shape or form
  2. verb
    bulge out; form a bulge outward, or be so full as to appear to bulge
    synonyms: bag
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    form a rounded prominence
    type of:
    jut, jut out, project, protrude, stick out
    extend out or project in space
  3. verb
    bulge outward
    synonyms: bug out, bulge out, come out, pop, pop out, protrude, start
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    type of:
    change form, change shape, deform
    assume a different shape or form
  4. verb
    cause to bulge or swell outwards
    synonyms: bulk
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    type of:
    cause to become swollen
  5. noun
    something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings
    synonyms: bump, excrescence, extrusion, gibbosity, gibbousness, hump, jut, prominence, protrusion, protuberance, swelling
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    frontal eminence
    either prominence of the frontal bone above each orbit
    occipital protuberance
    prominence on the outer surface of the occipital bone
    a part that bulges deeply
    a headlike protuberance on an organ or structure
    a bump on a ski slope
    nub, nubble
    a small lump or protuberance
    a sharp protuberance
    any small rounded protuberance (as on certain plants or animals)
    type of:
    any solid convex shape that juts out from something
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