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English noun: bulge

1. bulge (shape) something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings

SamplesThe gun in his pocket made an obvious bulge.
The hump of a camel.
He stood on the rocky prominence.
The occipital protuberance was well developed.
The bony excrescence between its horns.

Synonymsbump, excrescence, extrusion, gibbosity, gibbousness, hump, jut, prominence, protrusion, protuberance, swelling

Broader (hypernym)projection

Narrower (hyponym)belly, caput, frontal eminence, mogul, nub, nubble, occipital protuberance, snag, wart

English verb: bulge

1. bulge (change) swell or protrude outwards

SamplesHis stomach bulged after the huge meal.

Synonymspouch, protrude

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform

Narrower (hyponym)bulk

2. bulge (stative) bulge out; form a bulge outward, or be so full as to appear to bulge

ExamplesThe streets bulge with crowds


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)jut, jut out, project, protrude, stick out

Narrower (hyponym)protuberate

3. bulge (motion) bulge outward

SamplesHis eyes popped.

Synonymsbug out, bulge out, come out, pop, pop out, protrude, start

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform

4. bulge (change) cause to bulge or swell outwards


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)swell

Causebulge, pouch, protrude

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