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

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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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 Similar products also can be purchased in bulk from landscape suppliers or through garden centers. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "How to choose the best mulch for trees, shrubs and vegetable gardens," 8 May 2021 Under its contract with Johnson & Johnson, Emergent manufactured the active ingredient for the vaccine in bulk, and the substance was then sent to other facilities for final processing and packaging. New York Times, "Baltimore Vaccine Plant’s Troubles Ripple Across 3 Continents," 6 May 2021 Sëbou, meanwhile, regularly uses textile byproducts in its rug designs, purchasing them in bulk from countries like Ghana, Morocco and Sweden. Helena Madden, Robb Report, "Eton Is Now Upcycling the Scraps From Its Dress Shirts Into Customizable Rugs," 6 May 2021 This is uncharted territory for the likes of Hertz and Enterprise, which have made their profits by purchasing new vehicles cheaply in bulk, renting them out for as much as a year and selling them at auction. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Rental companies are buying up used cars as chip crisis deepens," 4 May 2021 Buying food in bulk has helped keep costs low, Padilla said, as have donations from community restaurants. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Why this Salt Lake City group is making vegan, plant-based meals for the homeless," 4 May 2021 This is uncharted territory for the likes of Hertz and Enterprise, which have made their profits by purchasing new vehicles cheaply in bulk, renting them out for as much as a year, and selling them at auction. BostonGlobe.com, "Greater Boston chamber hires Crockett as program consultant," 3 May 2021 Civil liberties advocates and privacy hawks have long criticized any efforts to collect even publicly available information on Americans in bulk as a violation of Americans' First and Fourth Amendment rights. Zachary Cohen And Katie Bo Williams, CNN, "Biden team may partner with private firms to surveil suspected domestic terrorists online," 3 May 2021 Polis leveraged the reach of the web to go directly to growers and pay more, ensuring the fragile product could be shipped directly in bulk. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Run of Kentucky Derby owner Bill Strauss of Del Mar ‘gravy on a great life’," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That information can be exported, and creators can bulk message their subscribers for more precise targeting. Billboard, "How Subscription Platforms Have Become Revenue-Generating, Real-Time Fan Clubs," 24 Feb. 2021 The companies then put the genes in Chinese hamster ovary cells to bulk manufactured the antibodies, which were given to the COVID-19 patients as infusions. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "‘Provocative results’ boost hopes of antibody treatment for COVID-19," 30 Sep. 2020 Some hospitals bulk ordered rain ponchos because medical gowns are on backorder. USA TODAY, "Hope, exhaustion, fear: Health workers in quiet areas prep for COVID-19 chaos while colleagues in other cities rush in," 3 Apr. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Also, making its own modems for iPhone and iPad might be cheaper in the long run than buying bulk components from Qualcomm. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Top leaker spoils another big upgrade coming to 2023 iPhones," 10 May 2021 The company's product lines range from flexible and rigid packaging and include everything from small tubes to large drums and intermediate bulk containers. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Top Workplaces 2021: Rapidly growing Illing Packaging puts family first, encourages fun at work," 7 May 2021 Enter Goldbelly’s Russ and Daughters New York Brunch and Black Seed Bagels bulk options, which got me through to the other side of morning sickness and mood swings. Cory Baldwin, Forbes, "The Best Gifts For Pregnant Women, According To A Mom-To-Be," 7 May 2021 Courtesy of The Collective Home editor Caitlin Sole loves The Collective for their selection of sustainable home goods, especially the bulk cleaning supplies. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "May is Small Business Month: These Are Our Editor’s Favorite Shops," 7 May 2021 Building an online presence, resorting to delivery apps, selling in bulk and ready-to-cook meal kits were some ways restaurants stayed afloat. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, "The pandemic forced these three restaurants to pivot, now they’re thriving with meal kits," 6 May 2021 Credit cards offer bulk sign-up incentives to new users who meet a minimum spending threshold within the first few months. Washington Post, "How to earn airline miles without flying anywhere," 6 May 2021 In wealthy countries, hospitals generally rely on tanker trucks to make bulk deliveries of liquid oxygen, far denser than regular air, that is stored in large containers. New York Times, "Why Some Hospitals Lack the Oxygen to Keep Patients Alive," 4 May 2021 Hungary in particular bypassed the European Commission's bulk purchasing mechanisms to secure its own supplies of Sputnik V and Sinopharm. David Meyer, Fortune, "Europe starts considering a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine for approval," 4 May 2021

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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

11 May 2021

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“Bulk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulk. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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bulk

noun

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

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 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

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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