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

  • adj. Swelling outward; bulging.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Swelling or bulging outward.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Prominent, or excessively prominent; bulging beyond the surrounding or adjacent surface; swelling

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Swelling; prominent beyond the surrounding surface.

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

  • adj. curving outward


Late Latin prōtūberāns, prōtūberant-, present participle of prōtūberāre, to bulge out; see protuberate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin protuberans, protuberantis, present participle of protuberare. See protuberate. (Wiktionary)



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