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bulk

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noun \ˈbəlk also ˈbu̇lk\

Definition of bulk

  1. 1a :  magnitude impressed by the sheer bulk of her accomplishmentb biology :  material that forms a mass in the intestine; especially :  fiber 1d need more bulk in their diet

  2. 2a :  body; especially :  a large or corpulent human body he hauled his … bulk out of the armchair — Herman Woukb :  an organized structure especially when viewed primarily as a mass of material the giant bulk of Mt. Katahdin — Jackson Riversc :  a ponderous shapeless mass

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

in bulk

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

  2. 2 :  in large quantities buys rice in bulk

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 bulk out a report with lots of graphs and charts

  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

Origin and Etymology of bulk

see 1bulk


First Known Use: circa 1529


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bulk

adjective

Definition of bulk

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

  2. 2 :  of or relating to materials in bulk bulk prices

Examples of bulk in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of bulk

see 1bulk


First Known Use: 1693



BULK Defined for English Language Learners

bulk

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Definition of bulk for English Language Learners

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

  • : the large size of someone or something

bulk

adjective

Definition of bulk for English Language Learners

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


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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