1. [syn: bulge, bump, hump, swelling, gibbosity, gibbousness, jut, prominence, protuberance, protrusion, extrusion, excrescence]
2. the condition of being protuberant; the condition of bulging out;
- Example: "the protuberance of his belly"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Protuberance \Pro*tu"ber*ance\, n. [Cf. F. protub['e]rance. See
That which is protuberant swelled or pushed beyond the
surrounding or adjacent surface; a swelling or tumor on the
body; a prominence; a bunch or knob; an elevation.
Solar protuberances (Astron.), certain rose-colored masses
on the limb of the sun which are seen to extend beyond the
edge of the moon at the time of a solar eclipse. They may
be discovered with the spectroscope on any clear day.
Called also solar prominences. See Illust. in Append.
Syn: Projection, Protuberance. protuberance differs from
projection, being applied to parts that rise from the
surface with a gradual ascent or small angle; whereas a
projection may be at a right angle with the surface.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects
from its surroundings; "the gun in his pocket made an
obvious bulge"; "the hump of a camel"; "he stood on the
rocky prominence"; "the occipital protuberance was well
developed"; "the bony excrescence between its horns" [syn:
bulge, bump, hump, swelling, gibbosity,
gibbousness, jut, prominence, protuberance,
protrusion, extrusion, excrescence]
2: the condition of being protuberant; the condition of bulging
out; "the protuberance of his belly"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
43 Moby Thesaurus words for "protuberance":
bas-relief, bellying, boldness, bulge, bulging, embossment,
eminence, excrescence, excrescency, extrusion, feel, finish,
gibbosity, gibbousness, grain, granular texture, high relief,
indentation, jut, knub, low relief, nap, nub, pile, pit, pock,
projection, prominence, protrusion, protuberancy, relief, salience,
salient, shag, structure, surface, surface texture, texture,
tuberosity, tuberousness, wale, weave, woof