Definitions for: Protuberance


[n] something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from a form
[n] the condition of being protuberant; the condition of bulging out; "the protuberance of his belly"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pro*tu"ber*ance, n. [Cf. F. protub['e]rance. See
Protuberant.]
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.

Synonyms: bulge, bump, excrescence, extrusion, gibbosity, gibbousness, hump, jut, prominence, protrusion

See Also: belly, caput, condition, frontal eminence, nub, occipital protuberance, projection, status, wart

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