Meaning of “bulge” in the English Dictionary

"bulge" in English

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bulgeverb [ I ]

uk /bʌldʒ/ us /bʌldʒ/
adjective uk /ˈbʌl.dʒɪŋ/ us /ˈbʌl.dʒɪŋ/

She dragged her bulging (= very full) suitcase up the stairs.
big, bulging (= sticking out) eyes

bulgenoun [ C ]

uk /bʌldʒ/ us /bʌldʒ/

a curved shape sticking out from the surface of something:

I wondered what the bulge in her coat pocket was.

a sudden increase that soon returns to the usual level:

There was a bulge in spending in the early part of the year.

(Definition of “bulge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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bulgeverb [ I ]

us /bʌldʒ/

to stick out or be swollen:

The girl’s cheek bulged with a wad of gum.

If you say that someone’s eyes bulge, you mean that the person's eyes are opened wide, esp. because the person is frightened, surprised, or excited.

noun [ C ] us /bʌldʒ/

The bulge in his pocket showed where he kept his wallet.

(Definition of “bulge” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)