American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To expel gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth; burp.
- v. To erupt or explode.
- v. To gush forth.
- v. To expel (gas) noisily from the stomach through the mouth; burp.
- v. To eject violently.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To eject wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth; eructate.
- To issue out, as with eructation: as, “belching flames,”
- To throw or eject from the stomach with violence; eructate.
- To eject violently from within; cast forth.
- To ejaculate; vent with vehemence: often with out: as, to belch out blasphemies; to belch out one's fury.
- n. The act of throwing out from the stomach or from within; eructation.
- n. A cant name for malt liquor, from its causing belching.
- v. To expel gas loudly or rudely from the stomach through the mouth.
- n. The sound one makes when belching.
- n. obsolete malt liquor
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To eject or throw up from the stomach with violence; to eruct.
- v. To eject violently from within; to cast forth; to emit; to give vent to; to vent.
- v. To eject wind from the stomach through the mouth; to eructate.
- v. To issue with spasmodic force or noise.
- n. The act of belching; also, that which is belched; an eructation.
- n. obsolete Malt liquor; -- vulgarly so called as causing eructation.
- v. expel gas from the stomach
- n. a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth
- v. become active and spew forth lava and rocks
- From Middle English belchen, from Old English bealcan, bialcan; related to Dutch balken ("to bray"), Middle Low German belken ("to shout"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English belchen, from Old English bealcettan or from *bealcian; akin to bealcan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected.”
“Because belch is the only word that does this justice, truly.”
“Then came the latest sustained ashen belch from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokul, re-routing, delaying or cancelling hundreds of trans-Atlantic flights over the weekend and into the week of the festival's opening.”
“And p.s. I’ve spent way too much time trying to decide if Newton’s belch is real or ADR.”
“Edmonton Journal ran an article headlined "Volcano exposes mankind's limits," arguing that Eyjafjallajökull's "belch" has exposed the "striking incapacity of human beings, however smugly sophisticated, to either predict such phenomena or do much about them.”
“He describes it as a burning sensation at the back of his throat and only subsides when he manages to 'belch'.”
“He took a long swig of soda, let out a belch, and looked down at the box next to him.”
“I download another Bud Lite from the beer bong and belch in her hippie face.”
“She waved her hand wildly, the gesture taking in every chip and crack in the room, every belch of smoke from the stovepipe that layered filth and ash on every surface, every ice crystal creeping up the insides of the windows.”
“To be reminded of what had been eaten last via a short belch-like occurrence.”
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