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Definition of "bulge" []

  • A protruding part; an outward curve or swelling. (noun)
  • Nautical A bilge. (noun)
  • A sudden, usually temporary increase in number or quantity: The baby boom created a bulge in school enrollment. (noun)
  • An advantage. (noun)
  • To cause to curve outward. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bulge" in a sentence
  • "To generate the resultant pattern, a 3-dimensional bulge is formed around the tree, and its distorted wire-grid projected onto a 2-dimensional surface."
  • "Diet this, diet that and the merry-go-round of the bulge is nothing less or more than a way of life ridden with guilt, should I even think of eating a piece of candy."
  • "But they underscore that in a country where we're living longer and where the boomer bulge is leaving a deep wake behind it, it is about to have an enormous impact on our health-care system and will challenge our long-term care plans."