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bushel

noun bush·el \ ˈbu̇-shəl \

Definition of bushel

1 :any of various units of dry capacity — see Weights and Measures Table
2 :a container holding a bushel
3 :a large quantity
  • bushels of money

Examples of bushel in a Sentence

  1. picked up a bushel of decorations at the after-Christmas sale

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Origin and Etymology of bushel

Middle English busshel, from Anglo-French bussel, buschelle, from Old French boisse measure of grain, of Celt origin; akin to Middle Irish boss breadth of the hand

bushel Synonyms

Synonyms
abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, lot, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
Antonyms
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace
Related Words
epidemic, plague, rash; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, plethora, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; deluge, flood, overflow; army, bevy, cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mob, multitude, press, score, sea, swarm, throng; gazillion, jillion, kazillion, million, thousands, trillion, zillion
Near Antonyms
atom, crumb, dot, fleck, flyspeck, fragment, grain, granule, iota, jot, modicum, molecule, mote, nubbin, particle, ray, scintilla, scrap, shred, tittle, whit; smatter, smattering; dash, drop, morsel, shot; piece, portion, section; absence, dearth, famine, lack, paucity, poverty, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want; deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, meagerness, scantiness, scantness, skimpiness

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bushel

verb

Definition of bushel

busheled; busheling play \-sh(ə-)liŋ\

busheler

play \-sh(ə-)lər\ noun

Origin and Etymology of bushel

probably from German bosseln to do poor work, to patch; akin to Old English bēatan to beat



BUSHEL Defined for English Language Learners

bushel

noun

Definition of bushel for English Language Learners

  • : a unit for measuring an amount of fruit and grain that is equal to about 35.2 liters in the U.S. and to about 36.4 liters in the U.K.

  • bushels : a large amount of something


BUSHEL Defined for Kids

bushel

noun bush·el \ ˈbu̇-shəl \

Definition of bushel for Students

:a unit of measure (as of grain, produce, or seafood) equal to four pecks or 32 quarts (about 35 liters)


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