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From Middle English bladdre, bleddre, bladder, bledder, from Old English blæddre, a variant of blǣdre, blēdre (“blister, bladder”), from Proto-Germanic *blēdrǭ, *bladrǭ (“blister, bladder”); akin to Old High German platara (German Blatter) and Old Norse blaðra (Danish blære), (Norwegian blære).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈblædə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈblædɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ædə(ɹ)
bladder (plural bladders)
- (zoology) A flexible sac that can expand and contract and that holds liquids or gases.
- (anatomy) Specifically, the urinary bladder.
- (botany) A hollow, inflatable organ of a plant.
- The inflatable bag inside various balls used in sports, such as footballs and rugby balls.
- A sealed plastic bag that contains wine and is usually packaged in a cask.
- (figurative) Anything inflated, empty, or unsound.
- 1711, Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, “Sensus Communis”, in Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times:
- to swim with bladders of philosophy
- air bladder
- bald as a bladder of lard
- bladder campion
- bladder cancer
- bladder cherry
- bladder cicada
- bladder fern
- bladder infection
- bladder senna
- bladder wrack
- cackle bladder
- gall bladder
- gas bladder
- overactive bladder
- painful bladder syndrome
- shy bladder
- swim bladder
- urinary bladder
flexible sac in zoology
urinary bladder — see urinary bladder
hollow inflatable organ in botany
inflatable bag inside a ball
bladder (third-person singular simple present bladders, present participle bladdering, simple past and past participle bladdered)
- To swell out like a bladder with air; to inflate.
- 1610, Giles Fletcher, Christ's Victorie and Triumph, in Heaven, in Earth, over and after Death:
- bladder'd up with pride of his own mcrit
- (transitive) To store or put up in bladders.
- bladdered lard
From Middle Dutch blader. Variant of blaar. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.
bladder f or m (plural bladders, diminutive bladdertje n)
- blister, particularly of paint
- Alternative form of bladdre
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