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bulk

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noun \ˈbəlk also ˈbu̇lk\

Simple Definition of bulk

  • the bulk : most of something : the largest part of something

  • : the large size of someone or something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bulk

  1. 1 a :  spatial dimension :  magnitude b :  material that forms a mass in the intestine; especially :  fiber 1d

  2. 2 a :  body; especially :  a large or corpulent human body b :  an organized structure especially when viewed primarily as a mass of material c :  a ponderous shapeless mass

  3. 3 :  the main or greater part

in bulk

  1. 1 :  not divided into parts or packaged in separate units

  2. 2 :  in large quantities

Examples of bulk in a sentence

  1. We spent the bulk of the summer at the beach.

  2. Farming makes up the bulk of the country's economy.

  3. The great bulk of these people are extremely poor.

  4. Despite his bulk, he's a very fast runner.



Origin and Etymology of bulk

Middle English, heap, bulk, from Old Norse bulki cargo


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of bulk

bulk, mass, volume mean the aggregate that forms a body or unit. bulk implies an aggregate that is impressively large, heavy, or numerous <the darkened bulk of the skyscrapers>. mass suggests an aggregate made by piling together things of the same kind <a mass of boulders>. volume applies to an aggregate without shape or outline and capable of flowing or fluctuating <a tremendous volume of water>.

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bulk

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Definition of bulk

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to swell or bulge :  stuff

  3. 2 :  to gather into a mass or aggregate

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  swell, expand

  6. 2 :  to appear as a factor :  loom <a consideration that bulks large in everyone's thinking>



1540

First Known Use of bulk

1540


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bulk

adjective

Simple Definition of bulk

  • : of or relating to things that are sent or sold in large amounts

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bulk

  1. 1 :  being in bulk <bulk cement>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to materials in bulk

Examples of bulk in a sentence

  1. They sent bulk shipments of food to the country.



1693

First Known Use of bulk

1693

Rhymes with bulk



BULK Defined for Kids

bulk

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noun \ˈbəlk\

Definition of bulk for Students

  1. 1 :  greatness of size or volume <The chair is hard to move because of its bulk.>

  2. 2 :  the largest or chief part <I've already finished the bulk of my homework.>

in bulk

  1. :  in large amounts <The restaurant buys rice in bulk.>




Medical Dictionary

bulk

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noun \ˈbəlk\

Medical Definition of bulk

  1. :  material (as indigestible fibrous residues of food) that forms a mass in the intestine; especially :  fiber 2




Law Dictionary

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bulk

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noun \ˈbəlk\

Legal Definition of bulk

  1. :  a large mass

in bulk

  1. 1 :  not divided into parts or packaged in separate units

  2. 2 :  in large quantities




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bulk

adjective

Legal Definition of bulk

  1. 1 :  being in bulk <bulk shipment of wheat> <bulk foods>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to materials in bulk <bulk buyer>




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