bulk

noun
\ ˈbəlk How to pronounce bulk (audio) 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

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

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

Antonyms: Noun

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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 DeSoto High School Patrick Crayton spent the bulk of his football career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, first as a high schooler at DeSoto and again professionally with the Cowboys. Dallas News, "Many greats have played for the Cowboys, but these D-FW locals played for their hometown team," 23 May 2020 Although some early research has suggested that the virus could remain on certain surfaces for days or linger in tiny droplets in the air, scientists say there is no evidence yet that the bulk of transmissions has occurred this way. NBC News, "Memorial Day during coronavirus: Scientists still urge caution as Americans head outside," 21 May 2020 The bulk of the incidents happen on red-eye overnight flights, the FBI said. Kevin Dotson, CNN, "NFL player sues United Airlines over alleged sexual assault on flight," 20 May 2020 The largest bulk of titles will disappear on June 30: Brooklyn's Finest, The Last Samurai, Kate & Leopold, Mansfield Park, Click, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "What's leaving Netflix in June: Mad Men, The Matrix, Avengers: Infinity War, more," 20 May 2020 Sports that derive the bulk of their revenue from broadcast deals, such as the NFL, have huge incentive to restart with or without fans. Liz Clarke, Anchorage Daily News, "NASCAR ready to fire up its engines Sunday, hoping to lead sports’ return from quarantine," 16 May 2020 This Yeti cooler can handle the bulk of the meat and some ice, cooling it down and preventing unwanted spoiling. Outdoor Life, "The best ways to get your game from the field to your freezer," 14 May 2020 Since mid-March, the Fed has bought $1.4 trillion in Treasuries – the bulk of the $1.6 trillion in total Treasuries issued during that period – to thaw out markets that had frozen because of the current crisis, according to Oxford Economics. Brent Schrotenboer, USA Today, "The U.S. is `printing' money to help save the economy during COVID-19 crisis: How far can it go?," 12 May 2020 Yeoman work on other crusades followed, the bulk of them in Asia. Mark Woolsey, ajc, "Henry Holley, 92, organized Billy Graham’s crusades," 11 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the must-order item is the duck prosciutto, pistachio butter and jelly panino ($12), a deliriously funky spin on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, bulked out with fatty cured duck. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "Time Out Market guide: Here’s everything you should try at Chicago’s newest food hall," 6 Dec. 2019 It can be added to meat dishes like kibbeh and meatloaf to boost nutrition and bulk them up. Katie Workman, NBC News, "6 healthy whole grains to try tonight," 12 Mar. 2020 His remarks were made as a bulked-up Bristol-Myers will now attempt to blend the product portfolios and R&D machines that the two companies possess. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Having gobbled up Celgene, the Bristol-Myers CEO ducks questions about his key rival," 21 Nov. 2019 That means that the agricultural industry, when using these antibiotics as bulking agents, is allowing mass numbers of drug-resistant bacteria to become part of our food chain. K.n.c., The Economist, "How what’s in our heads changes what’s in the world," 15 Nov. 2019 To the west, the ice sheet bulked vast and gray behind the peaks. Paul Voosen, Science Magazine, "A project to monitor every aspect of a fast-shrinking glacier could hold an answer to an urgent question: How fast will seas rise?," 10 Oct. 2019 The 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore entered preseason camp with the confidence of his coaches, the respect of his teammates, a bulked-up frame and determination to earn the right to lead the offense. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU names James Blackman Seminoles’ starting quarterback," 25 Aug. 2019 Fan cucumbers onto a plate before piling up a mound of Indonesian Style Rice (Nasi Goreng), above, for texture and to bulk out a meal. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Tips and recipes to make the most of your cucumbers," 18 July 2019 Americans are increasingly picking up tops and trousers from a retailer better known for its no-frills warehouses and bulk everything. Washington Post, "Costco quietly becomes a destination for clothes," 28 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The reevaluation of those bulk-discount contracts signals how swiftly the independent agency and its board of governors have fallen under the administration’s influence, say people familiar with the White House’s plans. Josh Dawsey, BostonGlobe.com, "Postal Services launches review of package delivery fees as Trump influence grows," 14 May 2020 The reevaluation of those bulk-discount contracts signals how swiftly the independent agency and its board of governors have fallen under the administration's influence, say people familiar with the White House's plans. Author: Jacob Bogage, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Postal service launches review of package delivery fees as Trump pressure grows," 14 May 2020 The coronavirus, which has decimated the global economy, has not spared the Postal Service—and while shipping and package volume are on the rise, standard and bulk mail have plummeted, leaving the U.S.P.S. with increasing deficits. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "We Can’t Afford to Lose the Postal Service," 2 May 2020 The Drug Enforcement Administration is seizing bulk cash amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has hobbled money laundering schemes and created a backlog of drug proceeds in Los Angeles. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Dirty money piling up in L.A. as coronavirus cripples international money laundering," 29 Apr. 2020 Drying a pound of meat into jerky can cut the weight by as much as 75 percent and reduce bulk size by a 3-to-1 ratio. The Editors, Field & Stream, "3 Reasons Jerky is the Perfect Outdoor Food," 15 Apr. 2020 Federal contracting records show HHS made an initial bulk order of N95 masks on March 12, followed by larger orders on March 21. CBS News, "National stockpile almost out of medical workers' protection equipment," 9 Apr. 2020 Federal contracting records show HHS made an initial bulk order of N95 masks on March 12, followed by larger orders on March 21. Michael Biesecker, Fortune, "U.S. federal stockpile of medical protective gear is almost empty as coronavirus spreads," 9 Apr. 2020 Besides, having cartridges regularly delivered right to your door (with free shipping) makes the shaving experience so much easier, plus cartridges are cleaner to store than a large bulk pack of razors. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why Billie Is the Best Razor Subscription for Women," 6 Mar. 2020

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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, Verb, and Adjective

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

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The first known use of bulk was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

28 May 2020

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“Bulk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulk. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for bulk

bulk

noun
How to pronounce bulk (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bulk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: most of something : the largest part of something
: the large size of someone or something

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 How to pronounce bulk (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bulk (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bulk (audio) \

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

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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