: a short thick piece or lump (as of wood or coal)
: a large noteworthy quantity or part
- bet a sizable chunk of money on the race
: a strong thickset horse usually smaller than a draft horse
: 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