belch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v belch expel gas from the stomach "In China it is polite to burp at the table"
    • v belch become active and spew forth lava and rocks "Vesuvius erupts once in a while"
    • n belch a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sometimes when you belch, a little bit of your stomach acids comes along. This makes for a very disgusting and burning burp.
    • Belch Malt liquor; -- vulgarly so called as causing eructation.
    • Belch The act of belching; also, that which is belched; an eructation.
    • Belch To eject or throw up from the stomach with violence; to eruct. "I belched a hurricane of wind."
    • Belch To eject violently from within; to cast forth; to emit; to give vent to; to vent. "Within the gates that now
      Stood open wide, belching outrageous flame."
    • Belch To eject wind from the stomach through the mouth; to eructate.
    • Belch To issue with spasmodic force or noise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • belch To eject wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth; eructate.
    • belch To issue out, as with eructation: as, “belching flames,”
    • belch To throw or eject from the stomach with violence; eructate.
    • belch To eject violently from within; cast forth.
    • belch To ejaculate; vent with vehemence: often with out: as, to belch out blasphemies; to belch out one's fury.
    • n belch The act of throwing out from the stomach or from within; eructation.
    • n belch A cant name for malt liquor, from its causing belching.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Belch belch to void wind from the stomach by the mouth: to eject violently: to cast up, as of the smoke from a volcano or a cannon
    • n Belch eructation
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Quotations

  • Redd Foxx
    Redd Foxx
    “The food here is so tasteless you could eat a meal of it and belch and it wouldn't remind you of anything.”
  • Helena Bonham Carter
    Helena Bonham Carter
    “I drink a lot of Diet Coke and belch. I've been known to use the f word.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. belken, AS. bealcan, akin to E. bellow,. See Bellow (v. i.)

Usage

In literature:

Smoke hung above the canyon where tall chimneys of nitrate plant and smelters belched their foulness against the blue sky.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
Knowles was peering at his report of the Reclamation Service, held to windward of a belching cloud of pipe smoke.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
A spurt of fire belched from his hose, streaming out for four or five feet in a solid red cone.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
Poor Rheims lay between, wide open to the eruption of destruction that belched from the throats of the German howitzers.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
It resembled a thousand volcanoes belching fire.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
Then the gun belched forth its hail of shot and the challenge was thrown down.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
Again his gun belched a death-dealing shot.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
From the heights to the front and right, cannon belched fire and destruction.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
And as he rose his arms were outstretched and his great guns belched their murderous fire.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
First come the ships lying alongside the stone pier, with their short funnels belching black and very sooty smoke.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
Smoke belching black from her funnels, the monster was beginning to move.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
All painted yellow, belching fire and smoke?
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
The sun was a vast, flame-belching disk on her starboard side, and ahead lay Earth, growing each hour.
"The Passing of Ku Sui" by Anthony Gilmore
Then their huge mouths opened, and a human flood belched forth.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Bricks, mortar, belching chimneys, and roaring furnaces line the route far into the land of hops.
"Dickens' London" by Francis Miltoun
Those irregular belchings of steam continued until dark, but Tommy paid no attention to them.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
There is a bottomless hole that belches steam, and the earth shakes.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
The might of Britain was massed and belching forth its concentrated fury.
"On the right of the British line" by Gilbert Nobbs
Just as the first streaks of dawn dappled the east, the two big guns belched over the plain and the fight began.
"The Utah Batteries: A History" by Charles R. Mabey
Suddenly we saw how the steamer belched forth thicker and darker clouds of smoke and in a sharp curve turned port.
"The Adventures of the U-202" by E. Spiegel
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In poetry:

And talk of sports and makes of cars
In various bogus Tudor bars
And daren't look up and see the stars
But belch instead.
"Slough" by Sir John Betjeman
When all our roads are lighted
By concrete monsters sited
Like gallows overhead,
Bathed in the yellow vomit
Each monster belches from it,
We'll know that we are dead.
"Inexpensive Progress" by Sir John Betjeman
Some spue it again — some keep it with pain,
Whilst others just sip, and no more:
Some, English — some, Welsh — some, their French out will belch,
Whilst others in Erse loudly roar.
"A Song Concerning The Devil And The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
Tom Killigrew's wife, that Holland fine flower,
At the sight of this signior did fart and belch sour,
And her Dutch breeding the further to show,
Says, 'Welcome to England, Mynheer Van Dildo.'
"Signior Dildo" by Lord John Wilmot
Now a black demon, belching fire and steam,
Drags thee away, a pale, dismantled dream,
And all thy desecrated bulk
Must landlocked lie, a helpless hulk,
To gather weeds in the regardless stream.
"Turner's Old Temeraire" by James Russell Lowell
Under our feet a trembling shell,
Pierced by a hundred lurid rents!
Lower still a molten hell,
Seen through its lava-belching vents!
And men, within its blighting breath,
Are charred, like leaves, to a shrivelled death.
"Mysteries" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Quite aside from the hypocrisy of turning up at an environmental event in a motorcade of 22 carbon-belching cars, there's the question of the imperial presidency.
Sir Toby Belch (Quentin Barrentine) and Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Johnathan Little) in "Twelfth Night".
Winning a presidential debate is a lot like winning a belching contest.
Beneath a stunning sky courtesy of the Northern Lights, Iceland's erupting volcano continues to belch smoke and lava.
Just days from Election Day, the zeitgeist belched up one of its least attractive -- and least defensible -- memes.
A midnight fire in April 2000 sent flames belching from Robin Montgomery's house and claimed everything he owned - including his freedom.
Voice actor Maurice LaMarche ("Futurama") created Buddy's memorable 12-second belch.
And Nikita Gamolsky as Sir Toby Belch rehearse for the Golden Leaves Shakespeare Company's production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night".
Kate Shuttleworth looks at the smoke-belching problems on our roads.
The battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea during a Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec 7, 1941.
Myrtle Leigh Belche Hedgepeth of Castalia, 91, died Nov 1, 2012.
She was the daughter of the late Mary Elizabeth Copeland Belche and Jesse Belche of Rich Square.
In the late winter of 2003, I watched out my window as a fuel truck idled below, belching black smoke.
He doesn't have to wait for the computer to belch out reports to know the strengths and weaknesses of the three elite clubs.
Even Ray Harryhausen's whirring, ray-belching ships in 1956's Earth vs the Flying Saucers (of which ID is a virtual remake) have more personality than these.
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