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bloat

noun

verb

  1. (swell up)  to become bloated, swollen, or puff up
    Type of: swell up
  2. (make bloated, swollen)  to make bloated or swollen
    Type of: swell

Etymology summary

originally an adjective, "soft, flabby", but by 17th century meaning "puffed up,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Gastric dilatation volvulus | bloat | twisted stomach | torsion | gastric torsion | Meteorism

a medical condition in which the stomach becomes overstretched by excessive gas content. It's also commonly referred to as torsion and gastric torsion when the stomach is also twisted. The word bloat is often used as a general term to cover gas... (42 of 2517 words, 4 images)

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Bloat (disambiguation)

may refer to: Bloating, a medical condition | Bloat, a veterinary condition also referred to as gastric torsion Gas bloat syndrome, a surgery complication (see also Gastric volvulus) | Bloat, a collective noun for a group of hippopotami | Bloat (Wild ... (38 of 109 words, 6 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

bloat

to swell or cause to swell, as with a liquid, air, or wind | to become or cause to be puffed up, as with conceit | [transitive] to cure (fish, ... (28 of 419 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

bloat

excessive accumulation of gases in the rumen, the first stomach of a cud-chewing animal. Bloat is probably formed to a large extent by bacterial ... (24 of 130 words)

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Random House Dictionary:

bloat | hoven [synonym, sense-specific] | bloater [synonym, definitions 1, 2, sense-specific]

to expand or distend, as with air, water, etc.; cause to swell. | to puff up; make vain or conceited. | to cure (fishes) as bloaters. | to become ... (26 of 109 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/bloat

American Heritage Dictionary:

bloat | bloated [past tense] | bloating [present participle] | bloats [3rd-person singular present]

To cause to swell up or inflate, as with liquid or gas. | To cure (fish) by soaking in brine and half-drying in smoke. | To become swollen or inflated ... (28 of 106 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

bloat [animal disease] | hoven [synonym] | ruminal tympany [synonym]

disorder of ruminant animals involving distention of the rumen, the first of the four divisions of the stomach, with gas of fermentation. Bloated ... (23 of 99 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/69481​/bloat

New World Dictionary:

bloat | bloated [adjective, related]

swollen or distended; puffed up | to swell, as with water or air | to puff up, as with pride | [United States] a person or thing that has bloated | ... (27 of 89 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

bloat | bloats [plural] | bloated [past tense] | bloating [present participle]

to cause to become distended | to fill soft substance with gas, water, etc.; to cause to swell | [intransitive] to become distended; to swell up | to fill with vanity or conceit | to preserve by slightly salting and lightly smoking, (as in bloated ... (41 of 71 words, 8 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bloat

Oxford Dictionary:

bloat [entry 1]

make or become swollen with fluid or gas | a disease of livestock characterized by an accumulation of gas in the stomach. (21 of 71 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bloat

bloat [entry 2]

cure (a herring) by salting and smoking it lightly (9 of 55 words, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

bloat [entry 1, adjective] | bloated [synonym] | puffy [synonym]

"bloated", "puffy" (2 of 32 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bloat

bloat [entry 2, verb] | swell [synonym, sense-specific]

to make turgid or swollen ; to cause abdominal distension in | to fill to capacity or overflowing | "swell" (18 of 42 words, 3 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bloat show=1

bloat [entry 3, noun]

one that is bloated ; unwarranted or excessive growth or enlargement | digestive disturbance of ruminant animals and especially cattle marked by ... (21 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bloat show=2

Cambridge Dictionary:

bloat | bloating [noun, derived]

to swell up, or to make someone or something swollen (10 of 35 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bloat

Encarta Dictionary:

bloat | bloated [past tense] | bloating [present participle] | bloats [3rd-person singular present]

to become swollen or inflated, or make something do this | to increase excessively, or make something do this | to become or cause to become ... (24 of 107 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861591202​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

bloat

First use: about 1300

Origin: originally an adjective, "soft, flabby", but by 17th century meaning "puffed up, swollen". Perhaps from Old Norse blautr "soaked, soft from ... (23 of 68 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

bloat

Origin: Middle English blout, soft from Old Norse blautr; ultimately from Indo-European base *bhel-, to swell: see "ball" | Middle ... (18 of 30 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

bloat | bloated [past tense] | bloating [present participle] | bloats [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: From Middle English blout, soft, puffed, from Old Norse blautr, soft, soaked; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.

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Wiktionary:

bloat | bloats [plural] | bloated [past tense] | bloating [present participle]

Origin: Perhaps from Old Norse blautr ("soft"), akin to Danish blød and German bloß ("nude").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bloat

Collins Dictionary:

bloat

First use: 17th century

Origin: probably related to Old Norse blautr soaked, Old English blāt pale

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bloat

Merriam-Webster:

bloat [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English blout, blote soft, pliable, from Old Norse blautr soft, weak; akin to Old English blēat miserable

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bloat

Oxford Dictionary:

bloat [entry 1]

First use: late 17th century

Origin: obsolete bloat "swollen, soft", perhaps from Old Norse blautr "soft, flabby"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bloat

bloat [entry 2]

First use: late 16th century

Origin: related to the adjective bloat used in the compound bloat herring "bloater" from the late 16th to mid 17th century; of obscure origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bloat--2

Encarta Dictionary:

bloat | bloated [past tense] | bloating [present participle] | bloats [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Probably from Old Norse blautr "soft, wet"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861591202​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

bloat

Audio: British English pronunciation of "bloat"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

bloat

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "bloat"

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the Free Dictionary:

bloat

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Google Dictionary:

bloat | bloated [past tense] | bloating [present participle] | bloats [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "bloat"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

bloat

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bloat"

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YourDictionary Audio:

bloat

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bloat" by speech synthesizer

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