belch Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth
    burping; eructation; belching; burp.
  2. verb expel gas from the stomach
    bubble; burp; eruct.
    • In China it is polite to burp at the table
  3. verb become active and spew forth lava and rocks
    extravasate; erupt.
    • Vesuvius erupts once in a while


Belch transitive verb
OE. belken, AS. bealcan, akin to E. bellow. See Bellow, v. i.
imperfect & past participle Belched present participle & verbal noun Belching
  1. To eject or throw up from the stomach with violence; to eruct.
    I belched a hurricane of wind. Swift.
  2. To eject violently from within; to cast forth; to emit; to give vent to; to vent.
    Within the gates that now Stood open wide, belching outrageous flame. Milton.
Belch intransitive verb
  1. To eject wind from the stomach through the mouth; to eructate.
  2. To issue with spasmodic force or noise. Dryden.
Belch noun
  1. The act of belching; also, that which is belched; an eructation.
  2. Malt liquor; -- vulgarly so called as causing eructation. Obs. Dennis.

Webster 1913