Definition of bulge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bulge

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    verb
    BrE BrE//bʌldʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌldʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bulge
    BrE BrE//bʌldʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌldʒ//
     
    he / she / it bulges
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌldʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌldʒɪz//
     
    past simple bulged
    BrE BrE//bʌldʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌldʒd//
     
    past participle bulged
    BrE BrE//bʌldʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌldʒd//
     
    -ing form bulging
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌldʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌldʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] bulge (with something) (usually used in the progressive tenses) to be completely full (of something) Her pockets were bulging with presents. a bulging briefcase
  2. 2[intransitive] to stick out from something in a round shape His eyes bulged. South of Benghazi the coastline bulges out then in.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French boulge, from Latin bulga ‘leather bag, knapsack’, of Gaulish origin. The original meaning was ‘wallet or bag’, later ‘a ship's bilge’ (early 17th cent.); other senses presumably derived from association with the shape of a full bag.Idioms
    be bursting/bulging at the seams
     
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    (informal) to be very full, especially of people
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