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bulk

noun \ ˈbəlk also ˈbu̇lk \

Definition of bulk

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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of bulk

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

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

verb

Definition of bulk

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

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Origin and Etymology of bulk

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bulk

adjective

Definition of bulk

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

Examples of bulk in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of bulk

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BULK Defined for English Language Learners

bulk

noun

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

noun \ ˈbəlk \

Definition of bulk for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

bulk

noun \ ˈbəlk \

medical Definition of bulk

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

Law Dictionary

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bulk

noun \ ˈbəlk \

legal Definition of bulk

:a large mass
in bulk
1 :not divided into parts or packaged in separate units
2 :in large quantities

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bulk

adjective

legal Definition of bulk

1 :being in bulk
  • bulk shipment of wheat
  • bulk foods
2 :of or relating to materials in bulk
  • bulk buyer


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