American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to swell up or inflate, as with liquid or gas.
- v. To cure (fish) by soaking in brine and half-drying in smoke.
- v. To become swollen or inflated: "Government had bloated out of control” ( Lance Morrow).
- n. A swelling of the rumen or intestinal tract of cattle and domestic animals that is caused by excessive gas formation following fermentation of ingested watery legumes or green forage.
- n. An excess or surfeit, as of employees, expenses, or procedures: corporate bloat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Cured by smoking: as, a bloat herring.
- See bloater.
- To cure by smoking, as herrings. Formerly spelled blote.
- Puffed; swollen; turgid: as, “the bloat king,”
- To make turgid or swollen, as with air, water, etc.; cause to swell, as with a dropsical humor; inflate; puff up; hence, make vain, conceited, etc.
- To become swollen; be puffed out or dilated; dilate.
- n. The bloater whitefish, Argyrosomus prognathus.
- v. to cause to become distended
- v. to fill soft substance with gas, water, etc.; to cause to swell
- v. to fill with vanity or conceit
- v. to preserve by slightly salting and lightly smoking, (as in bloated herring).
- n. distention of the abdomen from death
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. To inflate; to puff up; to make vain.
- v. To grow turgid as by effusion of liquid in the cellular tissue; to puff out; to swell.
- adj. rare Bloated.
- n. Slang A term of contempt for a worthless, dissipated fellow.
- v. To dry (herrings) in smoke. See blote.
- v. become bloated or swollen or puff up
- v. make bloated or swollen
- n. swelling of the rumen or intestinal tract of domestic animals caused by excessive gas
- Perhaps from Old Norse blautr (soft), akin to Danish blød and German bloß (nude). (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English blout, soft, puffed, from Old Norse blautr, soft, soaked; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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