bulk

noun
\ˈbəlk also ˈbu̇lk \

Definition of bulk 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : magnitude impressed by the sheer bulk of her accomplishment

b biology : material that forms a mass in the intestine especially : fiber sense 1d need more bulk in their diet

2a : body especially : a large or corpulent human body he hauled his … bulk out of the armchair — Herman Wouk

b : an organized structure especially when viewed primarily as a mass of material the giant bulk of Mt. Katahdin— Jackson Rivers

c : a ponderous shapeless mass

3 : the main or greater part spent the bulk of his time in the office the bulk of the population

in bulk

1 : not divided into parts or packaged in separate units

2 : in large quantities buys rice in bulk

bulk

verb
bulked; bulking; bulks

Definition of bulk (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to swell or bulge : stuff bulk out a report with lots of graphs and charts

2 : to gather into a mass or aggregate

intransitive verb

1 : swell, expand

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

bulk

adjective

Definition of bulk (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : being in large quantities or not divided into separate units : being in bulk bulk shipments of food bulk mailings

2 : of or relating to materials in bulk bulk prices

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bulk

Synonyms: Noun

generality, lion's share, majority, mass, preponderance

Antonyms: Noun

minority

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Noun

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

Examples of bulk in a Sentence

Noun

We spent the bulk of the summer at the beach. Farming makes up the bulk of the country's economy. The great bulk of these people are extremely poor. Despite his bulk, he's a very fast runner.

Adjective

They sent bulk shipments of food to the country.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is the moral logic of a gangster, and also of the bulk of the ruling American political party. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Gangster Morality of Anti-Anti-Trumpism," 30 May 2018 The gameplay places exploration and discovery at a paramount, as navigating an environment and searching for clues and points-of-action make up the bulk of the experience. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Detroit: Become Human' — Game Review," 24 May 2018 Save a few items for light maintenance and get rid of the bulk. Maria Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Staying Organized: More services, less clutter," 18 May 2018 In 2011, the country spent $7.3 billion on research and development of medical devices; and from 2013 to 2020, the small companies that make up the bulk of the industry are expected to up that investment by 5 percent, the report said. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Medical Device Makers In Connecticut Build On The Old Industries," 7 May 2018 Minute concerns include his press ability, durability and run defense related to his lack of overall bulk. Terez Paylor, kansascity, "NFL Draft tracker: From Mayfield to Lamar, here's Paylor's analysis of entire first round | The Kansas City Star," 26 Apr. 2018 Bourdais has proven he is completely recovered from the devastating pelvic injury sufferd at the 2017 Indianapolis 500 that knocked him out of the bulk of last season. Elton Alexander, cleveland.com, "IndyCar 2018: Live scoring, TV, live streaming, updates for Saturday's Phoenix Grand Prix," 7 Apr. 2018 Buy in Bulk Purchase items like popcorn kernels, cereal, and pasta in bulk to cut down on packaging waste (ideally with your own containers), then pull out your tote bag to take it all home. Allyson Shaw, National Geographic, "Reducing Plastic as a Family Is Easy. Here's How.," 4 June 2018 The traditional rule of thumb many gasoline dealers still rely on is that retail prices are about 70 cents higher than the NYMEX bulk price. John Funk, cleveland.com, "Gasoline could be $3 a gallon by Memorial Day, getting close already," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

YouTube is also adding a tool to let creators bulk add or remove non-skippable ads and to track audience engagement and revenue flow from videos that include those types of ads. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "YouTube expands non-skippable ads to more creators," 24 Aug. 2018 Three years later, a bulked-up Bonds hit 73 with the Giants to set a record that still stands. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Sammy Sosa prolonging his exile from Wrigley Field," 28 June 2018 The deal would combine the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless companies and bulk them up to a similar size to Verizon and AT&T, the industry giants. Mae Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "After AT&T-Time Warner win, is Comcast-Fox a done deal?," 13 June 2018 The deal would combine the nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless companies and bulk them up to a similar size to Verizon and AT&T, the industry giants. Washington Post, "Comcast offer for Fox expected after favorable AT&T ruling," 12 June 2018 Blending banana to the chocolate mix is good too to bulk it up without adding a lot of calories. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Danica Patrick shares her favorite dessert recipes, plus which one Aaron Rodgers loves," 21 June 2018 Zack Lanphier, who was ranger Zack del Pollo, is nearly unrecognizable as Burt, a mustachioed and bulked-up convict. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Tundra creator back with second feature-length film, ‘Sudsy Slim Rides Again’," 21 June 2018 The government did not appear to prove its case that a bulked-up AT&T would harm consumers and stifle competition. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "As Disney Moves Forward With Fox, Comcast Continues Plotting," 20 May 2018 Among other things, existing headsets have narrow fields of view, and the batteries, which bulk them up, don’t hold their charge for very long. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "The Future of Snapchat Looks a Lot Like Magic Leap," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The country with the most agricultural land dedicated to vineyards anywhere in the world began pumping out bulk wine for the USSR’s masses, supplying nearly 70 percent of its needs. Alia Akkam, Vogue, "Why Moldova Is a Wine Destination Worth Knowing Now," 27 Sep. 2018 Connoils makes and distributes bulk oils, oil powders, softgels and specialty ingredients used in a variety of health, beauty, pet nutrition, sports nutrition and food and beverage products, according to its website. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Connoils, manufacturer of hemp and other oils, to move from the town of Waukesha to Big Bend," 13 July 2018 Green Solutions previously ordered bulk shipments of buds from distributors and packaged them into various weights down to individual grams in a back room. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Is your favorite dispensary out of marijuana? Blame this new state regulation," 2 July 2018 That policy, the rationale for which Apple officials would not discuss, ensures that Apple will not have to compete with others to make bulk sales to schools. Sarah Butrymowicz And Tara García Mathewson, WIRED, "Why Some Schools Pay More Than Others When Buying From Apple," 26 Mar. 2018 Privacy advocates are particularly concerned with Kavanaugh’s defense of the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records in the case Klayman v. Obama, which arose from Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Privacy advocates blast Kavanaugh for government surveillance support," 11 July 2018 Dozens of websites reviewed by The Times sell bulk Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Jack Nicas, New York Times, "Oprah, Is That You? On Social Media, the Answer Is Often No.," 7 July 2018 The city will offer one free pickup of bulk trash each fiscal year, but there are fees for subsequent bulk pickups. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Aberdeen council adopts new trash pickup ordinance," 12 July 2018 But there's trouble in bulk-discount paradise: The brand is removing a fan favorite, the Polish hot dog, from the menu. Author: Maura Judkis, Anchorage Daily News, "Costco is taking Polish hot dogs off its food court menu. Fans are grieving – and angry.," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of bulk

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bulk

Noun

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

Verb

see bulk entry 1

Adjective

see bulk entry 1

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bulk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bulk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: the large size of someone or something

bulk

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bulk (Entry 2 of 2)

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

bulk

noun
\ˈbəlk \

Kids Definition of bulk

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

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

in bulk

: in large amounts The restaurant buys rice in bulk.

bulk

noun
\ˈbəlk \

Medical Definition of bulk 

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

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bulk

noun
\ˈbəlk \

Legal Definition of bulk 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a large mass

in bulk

1 : not divided into parts or packaged in separate units

2 : in large quantities

bulk

adjective

Legal Definition of bulk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : being in bulk bulk shipment of wheat bulk foods

2 : of or relating to materials in bulk bulk buyer

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