bulge

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bulge cause to bulge or swell outwards
    • v bulge swell or protrude outwards "His stomach bulged after the huge meal"
    • v bulge bulge outward "His eyes popped"
    • v bulge bulge out; form a bulge outward, or be so full as to appear to bulge
    • n bulge something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings "the 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The equatorial bulge of the earth does not rest along the equator. The highest point of the bulge is actually located 25 feet to the south.
    • Bulge A swelling, protuberant part; a bending outward, esp. when caused by pressure; as, a bulge in a wall.
    • Bulge (Naut) The bilge of a vessel. See Bilge, 2.
    • Bulge The bilge or protuberant part of a cask.
    • Bulge To bilge, as a ship; to founder. "And scattered navies bulge on distant shores."
    • Bulge To swell or jut out; to bend outward, as a wall when it yields to pressure; to be protuberant; as, the wall bulges .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bulge A rounded protuberance; a swelling; a swell; a hump.
    • n bulge The swirl made by a salmon rising to the surface.
    • bulge To swell out; be protuberant.
    • bulge To bilge, as a ship.
    • n bulge A rapid rise in price, of stock, grain, cotton, or the like, followed by an equally rapid fall, owing to some temporary causes. The name has reference to the curve in a diagram of prices.
    • bulge To cause to swell out and become protuberant.
    • bulge To bilge or stave in the bottom of, as a ship.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bulge bulj the widest part of a cask, a round protuberance, swelling
    • v.i Bulge to swell out
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Quotations

  • Ogden Nash
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    “How easy for those who do not bulge to not overindulge!”
  • Ring Lardner
    Ring Lardner
    “An optimist is a girl who mistakes a bulge for a curve.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bulge, a swelling; cf. AS. belgan, to swell, OSw. bulgja, Icel. bōlginn, swollen, OHG. belgan, to swell, G. bulge, leathern sack, Skr. bṛh, to be large, strong; the root meaning to swell,. Cf. Bilge Belly Billow Bouge (n.)

Usage

In literature:

They think they've got a bulge on fortune.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
A moment later its bulging eyes appeared, almost under the nose of the raccoon.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
The thought of bulging shirt fronts, standing collars, varnished shoes and white ties appalled me.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
The fly stood with hairy legs braced under its bulging body.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
The were big, dark men, with powerful, bulging muscles.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
There were many bulges, possibly containing mechanisms.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
He looked as though an apparition had risen before his bulging eyes.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
The bulging of the ends of the bones will serve to indicate the seat of the joint.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
He acquired tags in the slumps, and sold them in the bulges.
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
The skin was bulging inward as if some strong force on the other side were pushing it.
"A Treasury of Eskimo Tales" by Clara Kern Bayliss
In one bulging, bloodshot eye that cast showed and went, then showed again.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Over a social pipe a little later, Isaac Jackson heard the story that made his eyes bulge with interest and his heart throb with eagerness.
"The heart of happy hollow" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
He shifted a certain bulge from one cheek to the other.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
A ROOM with rudely bulging plaster walls, once painted a harsh blue, now toned by time and damp to a hundred parti-coloured patches.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
The last bit looks particularly awkward; there's an outward bulge just beneath the top.
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
A reticule across his stomach bulges with his pipes.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
I could see an unusual agitation on their blank, bulge-eyed faces, if those insect masks could be called faces.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
He stretched out his long legs and interlaced his fingers across his bulging shirt front.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
Gradually Slone worked down and away from the bulging rim wall.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
He stopped to show the bulging bag slung under his arm.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
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In poetry:

I am in mourning for the dull, the heroic and the mad;
In the haunted nursery the child lies dead.
I mourn the hangman and his bulging complement;
I mourn the cadaver in the egg.
"An Old Lament Renewed" by Vernon Scannell
See her come bearing down, a tidy craft!
Gaily her topsails bulge, her sidelights burn!
There's jigging in her rigging fore and aft,
And beauty's self, not name, limned on her stern.
"A Note On Wyatt" by Kingsley Amis
By the rose-flesh mushrooms, undivulged
Last evening—-nay, in to-day's first dew
Yon sudden coral nipple bulged,
Where a freaked fawn-coloured flaky crew
Of toadstools peep indulged.
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
Then from his bulging wallet he
A photograph with pride displayed,
His charming wife and children three,
When suddenly he was dismayed
To hear her say: 'These notes you've got,—
I want the lot.'
"The Pretty Lady" by Robert W Service
It moves. They are all alive.
Even the moon bulges in its orange irons
to push children, like a god, from its eye.
The old unseen serpent swallows up the stars.
Oh starry starry night! This is how
I want to die:
"The Starry Night" by Anne Sexton
These poems do not live: it's a sad diagnosis.
They grew their toes and fingers well enough,
Their little foreheads bulged with concentration.
If they missed out on walking about like people
It wasn't for any lack of mother-love.
"Stillborn" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Logan, 97, served at Battle of Bulge .
Middle age bulge increases risk of later dementia.
Bulging bellies are a problem for most Americans older than 50.
His eyes were bulging while being choked and brought down.
Are your closets bulging with stuff.
Alabama was up 38-7 over Mississippi State, but coach Nick Saban -- veins bulging, spittle flying and words pummeling -- was giving a backup player his own personal Crimson Tide.
Let's face it, real-life superheroes don't come in the bulging-muscles-and-tights variety.
When Monica Manrique was four months pregnant with her first child, her feet got so swollen with fluid she took to wearing slippers because her bulging ankles wouldn't fit into regular shoes.
Nolan Reimold out with bulging disk .
Reimold leaves team to get treatment on bulging disk .
Knicks' Stoudemire out 2-4 weeks with bulging disk .
Nolan Reimold out with bulging disk. Nolan Reimold will miss the final two games of the Baltimore Orioles' series against the New York Yankees because of a bulging disk in his back.
With a few key strategies, it's surprisingly easy to enjoy the season to the fullest and still avoid Santa's extra bulge.
There's a new superpower growing in the Great Plains and the South, where bulging Republican majorities in state capitols could dramatically cut taxes and change public education with barely a whimper of resistance from Democrats.
In 1944, the Battle of the Bulge was a successful endeavor during the Revolutionary War.
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In science:

Both the disc and the bulge component have been fitted with an exponential profile.
Disc heating in NGC 2985
The bulge component and the disc component of this profile were then simultaneously fitted assuming an exponential distribution for the disc component and either an exponential profile, Fig. 1, (Andredakis & Sanders, 1994) or a De Vaucouleurs profile for the bulge.
Disc heating in NGC 2985
With a double exponential distribution the bulge is significantly smaller than with an exponential disc and a De Vaucouleurs bulge.
Disc heating in NGC 2985
In the 30’s Oort took another approach to the problem by looking at the statistics of the motions of K giants perpendicular to the plane of the galaxy, that is, at bulge ob jects.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
Also the origin of Es, S0s and of the bulges of spirals may have some relationship with luminous and ultra-luminous starburst events at high-z.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
However, various destruction mechanisms (e.g., 2-body evaporation, bulge and disk shocking, dynamical friction, stellar mass loss) should modify the distribution with time.
The Formation of Star Clusters
This differs from the “bulge” of a galaxy, which is the region internal to the radius which encloses half the total luminosity of a galaxy.
Molecular Gas in Infrared-Excess, Optically-Selected QSOs and the Connection with Infrared Luminous Galaxies
The surface brightness fluctuations (SBF) distance method (Tonry & Schneider 1988) relies solely on the stellar population properties of old stellar systems; this enables Cepheid calibration via SBF measurements in spiral bulges.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
Our data do not distinguish directly between these possibilities, but they can be distinguished by tracing the variation in the individual components of galaxies, bulges and disks, between the cluster and the field.
History of mass assembly and star formation in clusters
The twelve bright (Lx > 1036 erg s−1 ) X-ray sources in the globular clusters have lower luminosities than the brightest sources in the bulge of our galaxy.
X-ray sources in globular clusters
First, the X-ray sources in globular clusters in M 31 are as bright as the galactic bulge sources.
X-ray sources in globular clusters
It has been suggested that M32 may be a tidally disturbed r1/4 elliptical galaxy, or the remnant bulge of a disk-stripped early-type spiral galaxy.
Evidence for an outer disk in the Prototype `Compact Elliptical' Galaxy M32
Compelling evidence that this bulge/disk interpretation is accurate comes from the best-fitting r1/n bulge model which has a S´ersic index n = 1.5, in agreement with the recently discovered relation between a bulge’s S´ersic index and the mass of its supermassive black hole.
Evidence for an outer disk in the Prototype `Compact Elliptical' Galaxy M32
The bulge-to-disk size ratio re /h equals 0.20, and the logarithm of the bulge-to-disk luminosity ratio log(B/D) equals 0.22, typical of lenticular galaxies.
Evidence for an outer disk in the Prototype `Compact Elliptical' Galaxy M32
It has also been suggested that M32 (NGC 221) may in fact never have been an elliptical galaxy, but is instead the bulge of a (partially) stripped disk galaxy (Bekki et al. 2001; see also Nieto 1990).
Evidence for an outer disk in the Prototype `Compact Elliptical' Galaxy M32
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