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ˈblæd ərblad·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bladder, vesicanoun

    a distensible membranous sac (usually containing liquid or gas)

  2. bladdernoun

    a bag that fills with air


  1. bladdernoun

    A flexible sac that can expand and contract and that holds liquids or gases.

  2. bladdernoun

    Specifically, the urinary bladder.

  3. bladdernoun

    A hollow, inflatable organ of a plant.

  4. bladdernoun

    The inflatable bag inside various balls used in sports, such as footballs and rugby balls.

  5. bladdernoun

    A sealed, plastic bag that contains wine and is usually packaged in a cask.

  6. Etymology: Akin to Old High German platara (German Blatter) and Old Norse blaðra (Danish blære).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bladdernoun

    Etymology: bladdre, Saxon; blader, Dutch.

    The bladder should be made of a membranous substance, and extremely dilatable for receiving and containing the urine, till an opportunity of emptying it. John Ray, on the Creation.

    That huge great body which the giant bore,
    Was vanquish’d quite, and of that monstrous mass
    Was nothing left, but like an empty bladder was. Fairy Q.

    A bladder but moderately filled with air, and strongly tied, being held near the fire, grew exceeding turgid and hard; but afterwards being brought nearer to the fire, it suddenly broke, with so loud a noise as made us for a while after almost deaf. Boyle.

    I have ventur’d,
    Like little wanton boys, that swim on bladders,
    These many summers, in a sea of glory;
    But far beyond my depth: my highblown pride
    At length broke under me. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bladdernoun

    a bag or sac in animals, which serves as the receptacle of some fluid; as, the urinary bladder; the gall bladder; -- applied especially to the urinary bladder, either within the animal, or when taken out and inflated with air

  2. Bladdernoun

    any vesicle or blister, especially if filled with air, or a thin, watery fluid

  3. Bladdernoun

    a distended, membranaceous pericarp

  4. Bladdernoun

    anything inflated, empty, or unsound

  5. Bladderverb

    to swell out like a bladder with air; to inflate

  6. Bladderverb

    to put up in bladders; as, bladdered lard

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bladder

    blad′ėr, n. a thin bag distended with liquid or air: the receptacle for the urine.—adjs. Bladd′ered, Bladd′ery, swollen like a bladder.—n. Bladd′erwort, a genus of slender aquatic plants, the leaves floating. [A.S. blǽdreblawan; Old Ger. blahan, blajan, to blow; Ger. blase, bladder—blasen, to blow; cf. L. flat-us, breath.]

Editors Contribution

  1. bladder

    A type of organ.

    Humans and animals have a bladder.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 9, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bladder' in Nouns Frequency: #2921

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bladder in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bladder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bladder in a Sentence

  1. Riccardo Ricciardi Jr.:

    The prostate is a gland that surrounds the urethra, and as men get older, the gland gets enlarged, and it squeezes on that tube so it restricts the flow of urine out of the bladder.

  2. Amy George:

    Overactive bladder is a syndrome defined by urinary urgency, frequency, and nocturia—somebody wakes up at night to go to the restroom.

  3. Amy George:

    When the bladder gets distended, it sends a signal to the brain saying it needs to empty.

  4. Patricio Gargollo:

    The easiest way to picture it is like an open book; the bladder is the pages. To close that book up so you don’t see the pages, you sew it back together and put all the muscle and skin on top of that. The backbone of the book is the pelvic bone.

  5. Jean Kerr:

    One of the most difficult things to contend with in a hospital is that assumption on the part of the staff that because you have lost your gall bladder you have also lost your mind.

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