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chunk

noun \ ˈchəŋk \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of chunk

1 : a short thick piece or lump (as of wood or coal)
2 : a large noteworthy quantity or part
  • bet a sizable chunk of money on the race
3 : a strong thickset horse usually smaller than a draft horse
4 psychology : a unit of information retained in the memory and easily recalled
  • The process of memorizing may be simply the formation of chunks, or groups of items that go together, until there are few enough chunks so that we can recall all the items.
  • —Marilyn Sternglass
  • A chunk represents a recoding of information. For example, the sequence 149217761941 would, for most of us, be a snap to remember. Almost automatically we'd recode the 12 digits into three chunks, 1492, 1776, 1941, all key dates in US history.
  • —Robert Kanigel

Examples of chunk in a Sentence

  1. She cut the fruit into large chunks.

  2. She spends a good chunk of her day on the phone.

  3. He devoted a large chunk of time to the project.

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Origin and Etymology of chunk

perhaps alteration of chuck short piece of wood

chunk Synonyms

Synonyms
abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, lot, 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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chunk

verb

Definition of chunk

intransitive verb
: to make a dull plunging or explosive sound
  • the rhythmic chunking of thrown quoits
  • —John Updike
transitive verb
1 : to mishit (a golf ball or shot) by striking the ground behind the ball
2 psychology : to organize (separate units of information) into a single large unit that is retained in the memory and easily recalled
  • To recall a 10-digit telephone number, for instance, a person could chunk the digits into three groups: the area code (such as 021), then a three-digit chunk (639) and a four-digit chunk (4345).
  • —Jonathan K. Foster

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Origin and Etymology of chunk

imitative



CHUNK Defined for English Language Learners

chunk

noun

Definition of chunk for English Language Learners

  • : a thick piece of something

  • : a large amount or part of something


CHUNK Defined for Kids

chunk

noun \ ˈchəŋk \

Definition of chunk for Students

: a short thick piece
  • a chunk of ice


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