bulges out then in

VicNicSor

Banned
Russian
buldge
to stick out from something in a round shape
• South of Benghazi the coastline bulges out then in.
OALD

That means that the line of the coast is sinuous -- at first it's sticking out (bulges out), then concave (bulges out). Is this right?
Thanks.
 
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    It was a typo, I meant bulges in:).

    In USA English we only use "bulges" with "out", for "in" you would have to choose a different word from "bulges". Parla's "curves in" would be my first choice. Alternately I might say, "it bulges out and then begins an inward depression." Though "depression" usually applies to altitude and not longitude or latitude--so that would not be as ideal as "curves in".
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    buldge
    to stick out from something in a round shape
    • South of Benghazi the coastline bulges out then in.
    OALD

    That means that the line of the coast is sinuous -- at first it's sticking out (bulges out), then concave (bulges out). Is this right?
    Thanks.

    I think you meant: "at first it's sticking out (bulges out), then concave (bulges out in)" :rolleyes:

    Whether something can bulge "in," however, is another issue, since dictionaries, including the WRD, don't seem to accede to that concept.
     
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