noun, verb, bulged, bulg·ing.
a rounded projection, bend, or protuberance; hump: a bulge in a wall.
any sudden increase, as of numbers, sales, or prices: the bulge in profits.
–verb (used without object)
to swell or bend outward; be protuberant.
to be filled to capacity: The box bulged with cookies.
–verb (used with object)
to make protuberant; cause to swell.
1200–50; Middle English: bag, hump < Old French < Latin bulga bag < Celtic; compare Irish bolg bag