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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.]

  1. 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.

  2. To inflate; to puff up; to make vain.


vb. (present participle of bloat English)


Bloating is any abnormal general swelling, or increase in diameter of the abdominal area. As a symptom, the patient feels a full and tight abdomen, which may cause abdominal pain, and sometimes accompanied by increased stomach growling, or more seriously, the total lack of it.

Usage examples of "bloating".

They were the walnut missiles that had been dropped at the fire, causing the horrible bloating death.

The Agent with his own eyes had seen the horror of the bloating death.

But, instead of shooting formic acid crystals that would cause the bloating death, only yellow kernels showed.

Sometime later, Kierstaad came upon the scene of a hundred taer bodies bloating in the afternoon sun.

He had been charred down to the bone in places, and the heat had swelled the gases in his belly, bloating him until he looked with child, the skin and flesh cracked open.