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1. A protruding part; an outward curve or swelling.
2. Nautical A bilge.
3. A sudden, usually temporary increase in number or quantity: The baby boom created a bulge in school enrollment.
v. bulged, bulg·ing, bulg·es
To swell, protrude, or curve outward: a wall bulging after a flood; muscles bulging under a shirt.
To cause to bulge.

[Middle English, pouch, from Old French bulge, bouge, from Latin bulga, bag, of Celtic origin; see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.]

bulg′i·ness n.
bulg′y adj.
Synonyms: bulge, balloon, belly, jut, project, protrude
These verbs mean to curve, spread, or extend outward past the normal or usual limit: a wallet bulging with money; a clown's pants that ballooned at the waist; a sail bellying in the wind; a boulder jutting from the hillside; a deck that projected from the house in back; eyes protruding from their sockets in astonishment.
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(ˈbʌl dʒi)

adj. bulg•i•er, bulg•i•est.
tending to bulge; having a bulge.
bulg′i•ness, n.
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Adj.1.bulgy - curving outwardbulgy - curving outward      
protrusive - thrusting outward
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References in classic literature ?
Whoever at present drip, like bulgy bottles out of all-too-small necks:--of such bottles at present one willingly breaketh the necks.
Keggs was a man--one must use that word, though it seems grossly inadequate--of medium height, pigeon-toed at the base, bulgy half-way up, and bald at the apex.
And Fatty, alias Percival Delaney, a grotesque of manhood, put his bulgy hand to his puffed lips and kissed audibly into the starry vault of the sky.
He put the plates down on a sideboard, stuffed the silver in his breast pocket, giving it a bulgy look, and ran like a hare (I heard him coming) till he came to the cloak room.
Mother Bird was made out of rubber and natural oils, showcasing a freakish face of a woman with huge bulgy eyes and a large mouth.
His bulgy eyes bounce between sleepy indifference, cocksure selfsatisfaction and rude indignation.
The model features a bulgy bumper with bigger air intakes and a full set of LED hexagonal fog lamps, and interiors with no inbuilt dashboard screen but one on the top instead.
It is worth noting that although a bulgy slope profile is formed in the J5 model after the first excavation, there are no blocks rushing to the bottom of the open pit until the second excavation, as shown Figure 9(e).
Unless you have surgery, which, as much as I don't revel in having a weirdy, inward-pointing toe and a slightly bulgy bit on my foot, feels entirely disproportionate to the problem (bones being broken and reset, not being able to walk for six weeks, a year to fully recover, those sort of larks).
With subjective examination, she was diagnosed with phenotypical characteristics of congenital osteogenesis imperfecta: triangular face shape, dentonogenesis imperfecta, bulgy chest shape, shortened, arch-like curved bottom limbs, deformed left humerus, and characteristics of right hip-joint dislocation.
But thankfully, the "beauty" mode is no longer the default; gone is the unnaturally smooth skin and bulgy eyes.
The surge in the popularity of certain bulgy eyed breeds has resulted in us seeing far more ocular damage than ever before.