belch /bɛltʃ/


I. verb

1. [no obj.] emit wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth.

pardon me for belching.
2. [with obj.] (especially of a chimney) send out large amounts of (smoke or flames)

a factory chimney belches out smoke.
3. [no obj.] ( belch from) (of smoke or flames) pour out from (a chimney or other opening)

flames belch from the wreckage.
II. noun

an act of belching.

he gave a loud belch.

‹figurative› with a triumphant belch the train came to a stop.

– origin Old English belcettan, probably imitative.

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