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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
belch (out) smoke (=send out large amounts of smoke)
▪ The factories belch smoke.
▪ Water belched out as he drenched each tree, pouring the costly stuff into the deep trench which circled their trunks.
▪ The fine sediments are fallout from a hydrothermal chimney that had been belching out smoke for years.
▪ Each year it belches out the sum of 325,000 tonnes of sulphur.
▪ The same effect occurs in cattle, though cattle belch out surplus methane.
▪ The main stack belches out clouds of black smoke.
▪ As they moved nearer, Nuadu felt the heat belch out.
▪ smokestacks belching black smoke into the air
▪ Cranston was now quietly nodding, belching softly and smacking his lips.
▪ Offshore a small tug belched black smoke as she struggled to pull a string of barges.
▪ Pressed against me, the women stitched, blew snot out of their noses, spat and belched.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Belch \Belch\ (b[e^]lch; 224), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Belched (b[e^]lch); p. pr. & vb. n. Belching.] [OE. belken, AS. bealcan, akin to E. bellow. See Bellow, v. i.]

  1. To eject or throw up from the stomach with violence; to eruct.

    I belched a hurricane of wind.

  2. To eject violently from within; to cast forth; to emit; to give vent to; to vent.

    Within the gates that now Stood open wide, belching outrageous flame.


Belch \Belch\, v. i.

  1. To eject wind from the stomach through the mouth; to eructate.

  2. To issue with spasmodic force or noise.


Belch \Belch\, n.

  1. The act of belching; also, that which is belched; an eructation.

  2. Malt liquor; -- vulgarly so called as causing eructation. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English bealcan "bring up wind from the stomach," also "swell, heave," of echoic origin (cognates: Dutch balken "to bray, shout"). Extended to volcanoes, cannons, etc. 1570s. Related: Belched; belching. As a noun, recorded from 1510s. It is recorded in 1706 as a slang noun meaning "poor beer."


n. 1 The sound one makes when belching. 2 (context obsolete English) malt liquor vb. 1 To expel gas loudly from the stomach through the mouth. 2 To issue with spasmodic force or noise.

  1. n. a reflex that expels wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth [syn: belching, burp, burping, eructation]

  2. v. expel gas from the stomach; "In China it is polite to burp at the table" [syn: burp, bubble, eruct]

  3. become active and spew forth lava and rocks; "Vesuvius erupts once in a while" [syn: erupt, extravasate]

Usage examples of "belch".

The act of eating, however, with all its gustatory noises, the stinking belch that filled the cavern, the rubbing of the behemothian stomach-all this, all at once, horrifying and sickening both.

The dragons and most of their Elderling servants had perished when the earth shook and split and the mountains belched forth smoke and flame and poisonous winds.

In resentful unfolding gusts the cloud pushes its innards out and Judah sees movement inside, not wind-driven or random, and arms, supplicant, emerge from the obscurity and a man comes out, greyed by wisps that cling to him and become silicon chitin, crusting him as he falls, and behind is another belching of mist and another figure pushes through smokestone visibly harder now, wading through dough, scabbed with it, labouring under matter.

Wrinkled skin sagging from his bony frame, Kame belched and stretched on the cool, shaded sand with his third cup of tea.

It seemed to sense it had lost its hold on him, for when it filled the air pouches behind its jaws and belched its words at him, Kennit sensed a trace of sarcasm.

The wild, half-charlatan Metchnikoff had come out of Odessa in Russia to belch quaint theories about how phagocytes gobble up malignant germs.

But these vile tricks, to pluck you from Your nuptial plightage and your rightful glory Make me belch oaths!

Far above, Popo belched a thin stream of black smoke at the pale Mexican sky.

Tock was sprawled beside the fire emitting a loud reptilian snore, punctuated with occasional belches as he digested his dinner.

Body, A streame of fire strucke from the Comet, in the perfect shape, and exact resemblance of a flaming Sword, so that he fell downe staggering, severall poore shepheards which were in the field, foulding their flockes, these being amazed, seeing the flame of the Comet strike at the Earth, as they conceived, made to the place as neere as they could, where they heard a man blaspheming, and belching forth many damnable imprecations, and comming to the place, demanding how he came so wounded, he voluntarily related his intention, and what had happened to him by the perversenesse of that Roundheaded-whore, so he died raving and blaspheming to the terrour and amazement of the beholders.

Black Bean Nacho Chips and Tater Skins with another pull at the brown sock as afternoon displaced the morning and the conquest of Africa eighteen thousand dollars the richer had long since given way to the interminable war between the animal and vegetable kingdoms on the nature program where a potato leaf under attack by a caterpillar provoked a lethal case of indigestion in its assailant and a belch from the solitary audience intruded upon with suggestions for his departure by bus?

They charged him in a concerted assault, and they died in the space of a second as the Hombres thundered and belched lead.

But then, one dawn, it seemed the auguries might be deceiving, for the British suddenly unmasked four of their newly made breaching batteries and the great guns crashed back on their trails and the intricate network of trenches and earthworks was shrouded by the giant gusts of smoke that were belched out with every thunderous recoil.

The waiting seemed to stretch for ever, but at last one of the batteries unmasked a gun and the great brute belched a jet of smoke fifty yards in front of its embrasure.

The leading Weyr already belched gouts of orange-red flame into the pale blue sky.