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

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 Sprouts offers fresh produce, meats and bulk-food items as well as a large selection of organic foods. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Sprouts Farmers Market sets opening date for Winter Park store," 11 July 2018 One area to watch for a possible Republican objection, Senator Rand Paul, because this judge has ruled that bulk metadata collection does not violate the Fourth Amendment. Fox News, "Sekulow: Kavanaugh will be a brilliant Supreme Court justice," 10 July 2018 G2 Ocean, a bulk shipping company based in Norway, will transport goods from Europe, through the Panama Canal to San Diego. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Port of San Diego lands large liner contract," 9 July 2018 The hot dog combo was first introduced in the mid-1980s, shortly after the bulk-buying store opened. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Costco Adds Healthier Items to Food Court, Cutting Some Favorites," 7 July 2018 Jordan Bell and Damian Jones could be handling the bulk of playing time at center, each learning on the job. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors: A temporary, fascinating spectacle," 3 July 2018 The bulk of his fundraising as of January was from union political action committees. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mahlon Mitchell to travel state on beer-themed tour as he seeks to catch up to Democratic rival Tony Evers," 2 July 2018 The Healing Place provides food and shelter to up to 700 people every day; the bulk are in the recovery program, some are in detox, and the rest are homeless people coming from shelters or from the streets. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 On the boot version, the upper is bulked-up to boot-height, with extra padding around the collar for comfort. Jake Woolf, GQ, "Kanye West's New Yeezys Are Basically Desert Rat Boots," 27 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 But there’s trouble in bulk-discount paradise: The brand is removing a fan favorite, the Polish hot dog, from the menu. Maura Judkis, Philly.com, "Costco is taking Polish hot dogs off its food-court menu. People are 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

bulk density

bulker

bulk eraser

Phrases Related to bulk

bulk large

bulk out

the bulk

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Last Updated

18 Sep 2018

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More Definitions for bulk

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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