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Princeton's WordNet

  1. belch, belching, burp, burping, eructationverb

    a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth

  2. burp, bubble, belch, eructverb

    expel gas from the stomach

    "In China it is polite to burp at the table"

  3. erupt, belch, extravasateverb

    become active and spew forth lava and rocks

    "Vesuvius erupts once in a while"


  1. belchnoun

    The sound one makes when belching.

  2. belchverb

    To expel gas loudly or rudely from the stomach through the mouth.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Belchnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    A sudden reformation would follow, among all sorts of people; porters would no longer be drunk with belch. John Dennis.

  2. To Belchverb

    To throw out from the stomach; to eject from any hollow place. It is a word implying coarseness; hatefulness; or horrour.

    They are all but stomachs, and we all but food;
    They eat us hungerly, and, when they’re full,
    They’ll belch us. William Shakespeare.

    The bitterness of it I now belch from my heart. William Shakespeare, Cymbel.

    Immediate in a flame,
    But soon obscur’d with smoke, all heav’n appear’d,
    From those deep-throated engines belch’d. Parad. Lost, b. vi.

    The gates that now
    Stood open wide, belching outrageous flame
    Far into chaos, since the fiend pass’d through. Parad. Lost.

    Rough as their savage lords who rang’d the wood,
    And, fat with acorns, belch’d their windy food. Dryden.

    There belcht the mingl’d streams of wine and blood,
    And human flesh, his indigested food. Alexander Pope, Odyssey, b. ix.

    When I an am’rous kiss design’d,
    I belch’d an hurricane of wind. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To BELCHverb

    Etymology: bealcan, Saxon.

    The waters boil, and, belching from below,
    Black sands as from a forceful engine throw. John Dryden, Virg.

    The symptoms are, a sour smell in their fæces, belchings, and distensions of the bowels. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    A triple pile of plumes his crest adorn’d,
    On which with belching flames Chimæra burn’d. Dryden.


  1. belch

    Burping (also called belching and eructation) is the release of gas from the upper digestive tract (esophagus and stomach) of animals through the mouth. It is usually audible. In humans, burping can be caused by normal eating processes, or as a side effect of other medical conditions. There is a range of levels of social acceptance for burping: within certain context and cultures, burping is acceptable, while in others it is offensive or unacceptable. Failure to burp can cause pain or other negative effects. Humans are not the only animals that burp: it is very common among other mammals. In particular, burping by domesticated ruminants, such as cows or sheep, is a major contributor of methane emissions which cause climate change and have a negative effect on the environment. Significant research is being done to find mitigation strategies for ruminant burping, i.e. modifying the animals' diets with Asparagopsis taxiformis (red seaweed).


  1. belch

    A belch is a forceful expulsion of air or gas from the stomach through the mouth, often accompanied by a sound and sometimes an odor. It is a normal physiological process and is also known as burping, eructation, or ructus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Belchverb

    to eject or throw up from the stomach with violence; to eruct

  2. Belchverb

    to eject violently from within; to cast forth; to emit; to give vent to; to vent

  3. Belchverb

    to eject wind from the stomach through the mouth; to eructate

  4. Belchverb

    to issue with spasmodic force or noise

  5. Belchnoun

    the act of belching; also, that which is belched; an eructation

  6. Belchnoun

    malt liquor; -- vulgarly so called as causing eructation

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Belch

    belch, belsh, v.t. to void wind from the stomach by the mouth: to eject violently: to cast up, as of the smoke from a volcano or a cannon.—n. eructation. [A.S. bealcian; Dut. balken.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BELCH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Belch is ranked #34353 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Belch surname appeared 660 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Belch.

    95.7% or 632 total occurrences were White.
    1.6% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of belch in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of belch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of belch in a Sentence

  1. Edith Sitwell:

    I'm not the man to balk at a low smell, I not the man to insist on asphodel. This sounds like a He-fellow, don't you think? It sounds like that. I belch, I bawl, I drink.

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