The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bloat \Bloat\ (bl[=o]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bloated; p. pr. & vb. n. Bloating.] [Cf. Icel. blotna to become soft, blautr soft, wet, Sw. bl["o]t soft, bl["o]ta to soak; akin to G. bloss bare, and AS. ble['a]t wretched; or perh. fr. root of Eng. 5th blow. Cf. Blote.]
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.
To inflate; to puff up; to make vain.
Bloated \Bloat"ed\ (bl[=o]t"[e^]d), p. a. Distended beyond the natural or usual size, as by the presence of water, serum, etc.; turgid; swollen; as, a bloated face. Also, puffed up with pride; pompous.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
adj. abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas; "hungry children with bloated stomachs"; "he had a grossly distended stomach"; "eyes with puffed (or puffy) lids"; "swollen hands"; "tumescent tissue"; "puffy tumid flesh" [syn: distended, puffed, puffy, swollen, tumescent, tumid, turgid]
1 swell with fluid or gas. 2 Excessively or extremely large or wealthy. 3 (context computing English) Describing software which is overloaded with features, known as bloatware. 4 (context of food English) Slightly salted and lightly smoked (as in bloated herring). v
(en-past of: bloat)
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"overgrown," 1660s, past participle adjective from bloat (v.). Figurative sense by 1711.
Usage examples of "bloated".
After a while his organs had begun to degenerate, depleted calcium levels had reduced his bones to brittle porcelain sticks, muscles had atrophied, and fluid bloated his tissues, impairing his lungs, degrading his lymphatic system.
Langeron and Yekaterininskaya streets, directly opposite the huge Fankoni Cafe where stockbrokers and grain merchants in Panama hats sat at marble-topped tables set out right on the pavement, Paris-style, under awnings and surrounded by potted laurel trees, the cab in which Auntie and Pavlik were travelling was all but overturned by a bright-red automobile driven by the heir to the famous Ptashnikov Bros, firm, a grotesquely bloated young man in a tiny yachting cap, who looked amazingly like a prize Yorkshire pig.
They hung motionless from their ghastly perches, the hot sun bleaching their bloated faces.
With mouths that bloated and shriveled, ballooned to turgid proportions only to be swiftly metabolized, they mocked his futile efforts: moaning, whistling, enouncing in measured, whispered tones that echoed with the icy indifference in which they dwelled.
Bloated dead vines the size of fire hoses draped limply across the floor, extending out from the livid, gelid mass.
The look on his bloated face frightened her more than had all the ghastliness of his army.
So when I arrived home after that jolly jail Chautauqua, Bob Maelstorm, Abe Gingivitis, and Tom Florissant were camped on my portal all bloated up like bullfrogs in mating season because a few moments ago they had formed The Committee to Save Willow Road.
The large headmaster rubbed a kerchief across his blotchy face, huffing and puffing almost continually as his bloated body tried to pull in enough air.
The patient gradually loses strength and becomes languid, her face is pale and usually bloated, livid circles appear around the eyes, the appetite is impaired, the bowels are constipated, and the feet and ankles swollen.
Clouds were piling up to the west, darkening the lowering sun, turning it from orange to deep crimson, a half-seen oblate, bloated and veiled by the oncoming weather.
Cygni B was a bloated, orangish blob, which became an orb when he looked at it through a filter.
The tubes that pulled free of his veins through his skin looked like ovipositors of immense bloated wasps that had grown like galls on the trunks of stunted trees to either side of him.
The man with the bloated eye pounced on me and I smashed his arm with the machete and he did not utter a sound, nor did he bleed.
Aunt Kastori and I forage about for Pachali faces, but terribly bloated features make it difficult to recognize Amdhu, Rama, Prana, Shira, Arun, the twins, Uncle Chupar, Shakur.
Alarmed, he breathed out a truly ugly stench, reminiscent of rotten eggs, bloated gut, putrefied zombies, and worse.