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to expand or distend, as with air, water, etc.; cause to swell:
Overeating bloated their bellies.
to puff up; make vain or conceited:
The promotion has bloated his ego to an alarming degree.
to cure (fishes) as bloaters.
to become swollen; be puffed out or dilated:
The carcass started to bloat.
Also called hoven. Veterinary Pathology. (in cattle, sheep, and horses) a distention of the rumen or paunch or of the large colon by gases of fermentation, caused by eating ravenously of green forage, especially legumes.
a person or thing that is bloated.
bloater (defs 1, 2).
Contemporary Examples

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Inside the Gaza Schoolyard Massacre Jesse Rosenfeld July 25, 2014

Historical Examples

The Gold Hunter’s Adventures William H. Thomes
The Giants From Outer Space Geoff St. Reynard
The Wonders of the Invisible World Cotton Mather
Clovers and How to Grow Them Thomas Shaw
The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Clovers and How to Grow Them Thomas Shaw
Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture

to swell or cause to swell, as with a liquid, air, or wind
to become or cause to be puffed up, as with conceit
(transitive) to cure (fish, esp herring) by half-drying in smoke
(vet science) an abnormal distention of the abdomen in cattle, sheep, etc, caused by accumulation of gas in the stomach
bloat’ed (blō’tĭd) adj.


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