• WordNet 3.6
    • v bloat become bloated or swollen or puff up "The dead man's stomach was bloated"
    • v bloat make bloated or swollen "Hunger bloated the child's belly"
    • n bloat swelling of the rumen or intestinal tract of domestic animals caused by excessive gas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bloat A term of contempt for a worthless, dissipated fellow.
    • a Bloat Bloated.
    • v. t Bloat To dry (herrings) in smoke. See Blote.
    • v. i Bloat To grow turgid as by effusion of liquid in the cellular tissue; to puff out; to swell.
    • Bloat To inflate; to puff up; to make vain.
    • Bloat To make turgid, as with water or air; to cause a swelling of the surface of, from effusion of serum in the cellular tissue, producing a morbid enlargement, often accompanied with softness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bloat Cured by smoking: as, a bloat herring.
    • bloat See bloater.
    • bloat To cure by smoking, as herrings. Formerly spelled blote.
    • bloat Puffed; swollen; turgid: as, “the bloat king,”
    • bloat To make turgid or swollen, as with air, water, etc.; cause to swell, as with a dropsical humor; inflate; puff up; hence, make vain, conceited, etc.
    • bloat To become swollen; be puffed out or dilated; dilate.
    • n bloat The bloater whitefish, Argyrosomus prognathus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bloat blōt to swell or puff out: to dry by smoke (applied to fish)
    • v.i Bloat to swell or dilate: to grow turgid
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  • Andrea Dworkin
    “Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. blotna, to become soft, blautr, soft, wet, Sw. blöt, soft, blöta, to soak; akin to G. bloss, bare, and AS. bleát, wretched; or perh. fr. root of Eng. 5th blow,. Cf. Blote


In literature:

And life that bloated ease may never hope to share!
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
Look at the hawkmoths, fat, flabby, bloated things, with curly tails.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
I know ye, ye bloated monno-polist.
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne
His face was bloated, and his eyes bloodshot.
"Winning His Way" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Yes, I suppose I am, according to my friend Taylor, a 'bloated aristocrat!
"The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln" by Wayne Whipple
Two winters ago a poor, bloated, penniless wretch took up his lodging in a cheap hotel in New York.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Volume 11, No. 26, May, 1873" by Various
He was a thick, corpulent person with a red and bloated face, and of very slabbering speech.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
No less so is acute indigestion with evolution of gas in the intestines (bloating).
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Henry's face was roughened by winds and storms; Tete Rouge's was bloated by sherry cobblers and brandy toddy.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7" by Charles H. Sylvester
He is prone in life's very gutter; bloated, reeking and polluted with the doggery's slops and filth.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis

In poetry:

We met but once more. I found in the street
A corpse half-enveloped in mud and in sleet:
A foul, bloated thing; but I saw in the face
A something that told of its boyhood's grace:
He had reaped the dire crop.
"Wild Oats" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The stopped horse on his chromium pole
Stares through us; his hooves chew the breeze.
Your shirt of crisp linen
Bloats like a spinnaker. Hat brims
Deflect the watery dazzle; the people idle
As if in hospital.
"Whitsun" by Sylvia Plath
He cast a glance of stupid hate
Behind him, every step he took,
Where followed him, like following fate,
An aged crone, with bloated look:
A something checked his listless gait;
She neared him, rating till she shook.
"He Needed Not" by George MacDonald
Dysent'ry touched him in June, after the Chota Bursat —
Lowered his portly person — made him yearn to depart.
He didn't call me a "Brahmin," or "bloated," or "overpaid,"
But seemed to think it a wonder that any one stayed.
"Pagett, M.P." by Rudyard Kipling
March came in with the koil. Pagett was cool and gay,
Called me a "bloated Brahmin," talked of my "princely pay."
March went out with the roses. "Where is your heat?" said he.
"Coming," said I to Pagett, "Skittles!" said Pagett, M.P.
"Pagett, M.P." by Rudyard Kipling
Within a large and gilded hall a revel wild is held,
The sound of oaths and laughter loud upon the breezes swell;
A man is seen with bloated face come reeling to the streets;
He turns his fierce and lurid eyes as friends he loudly greets.
"Some Mother's Boy" by Mary Alice Walton

In news:

This bloated 'Hobbit' needs to go on a diet .
The nation is in too much debt for a bloated farm bill.
Apple's long-serving music tool had gotten bloated, unwieldy.
If a can becomes bloated, don't eat the contents.
The Wall Street Journal recently uncovered "billions in bloat," confirming what we all suspected: There are hundreds of overlapping, duplicative, and wasteful federal programs.
The years immediately before Presley slid into bloated self-parody remain fascinating for their mix of spectacle, showmanship and sometimes surprising artistry.
Bloated deficits endanger dollar's global status.
How Google Went From A Simple Search Engine To A Pretty Bloated Site (GOOG).
With drug shortages and a bloated national health bill, what if expired medications were still effective.
They say prime examples are charging customers for the ice used to keep fish fresh, or bloating seafood, such as scallops, with compounds that make them appear bigger.
3 out of 5 Health Rating: 1 out of 5 Price: $5.25 I'm Left Feeling: Bloated.
As a part of the fiscal cliff all the talk now is that there must be new revenue for our bloated federal government.
MOVIE REVIEW This bloated 'Hobbit' needs to go on a diet.
Apple's horrible , bloated program needs to die.
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama _ Buried deep within Alabama's bloated constitution is an amendment designed to force lawmakers to approve budgets early in the legislative session.

In science:

WASP-25b (Enoch et al. 2011) (hereafter E11) is a significantly bloated, sub-Jupiter mass planet orbiting a solartype, somewhat metal-poor host star with an orbital period of 3.76 days. A full set of results from our analysis is displayed in Table 3.
Rossiter-McLaughlin Effect Measurements for WASP-16, WASP-25 and WASP-31
WASP-1 b’s status as a hot and bloated planet is secure.
Homogeneous studies of transiting extrasolar planets. V. New results for 38 planets
This messes up the internal balance of the star, which then begins to bloat into a so-called red giant.
Computational Asteroseismology
A code browser is important for both the developers and users of the software system. • Beware of code generation, it can produce code bloat if not done carefully.
Commissioning the CDF Offline Software
Also for the two ‘back widow’ pulsars, the two strongly irradiated, bloated, brown–dwarf mass companions have been identified.
Optical studies of companions to millisecond pulsars