Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To cause to swell up or inflate, as with liquid or gas.
  • intransitive verb To cure (fish) by soaking in brine and half-drying in smoke.
  • intransitive verb To become swollen or inflated.
  • noun 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.
  • noun An excess or surfeit, as of employees, expenses, or procedures.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • Puffed; swollen; turgid: as, “the bloat king,”
  • Cured by smoking: as, a bloat herring.
  • See bloater.
  • To cure by smoking, as herrings. Formerly spelled blote.
  • noun The bloater whitefish, Argyrosomus prognathus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To dry (herrings) in smoke. See blote.
  • adjective rare Bloated.
  • transitive verb 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.
  • transitive verb To inflate; to puff up; to make vain.
  • intransitive verb To grow turgid as by effusion of liquid in the cellular tissue; to puff out; to swell.
  • noun Slang A term of contempt for a worthless, dissipated fellow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to cause to become distended
  • verb to fill soft substance with gas, water, etc.; to cause to swell
  • verb to fill with vanity or conceit
  • verb to preserve by slightly salting and lightly smoking, (as in bloated herring).
  • noun distention of the abdomen from death

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb become bloated or swollen or puff up
  • verb make bloated or swollen
  • noun swelling of the rumen or intestinal tract of domestic animals caused by excessive gas

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Middle English blout, soft, puffed, from Old Norse blautr, soft, soaked; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Perhaps from Old Norse blautr (soft), akin to Danish blød and German bloß (nude).

Examples

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    Economics

  • Most people don't like centralization, believing it results in bloat, bureaucracy, declining services to the citizenry, and worst of all, the risk of an unchecked power running roughshod.

    Geopolitics

  • Most people don't like centralization, believing it results in bloat, bureaucracy, declining services to the citizenry, and worst of all, the risk of an unchecked power running roughshod.

    Transparency

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    Accountability

  • Most people don't like centralization, believing it results in bloat, bureaucracy, declining services to the citizenry, and worst of all, the risk of an unchecked power running roughshod.

    Politics

  • Outside of the ridiculous privacy concerns here (yeah, yeah, I'm sure you can turn the function off), this type of bloat is going to be one of the many nails in Firefox's coffin, I'm afraid.

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  • Maybe it's time for a split of the code into two paths, one for those who think bloat is good, and one for us that looks for speed.

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  • Coughing bloat from the towers pushes out heat into the sky, lays labor on the air.

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