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Definition of pulp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the soft, succulent part of a fruit usually composed of mesocarp
(2) : stem pith when soft and spongy
b : a soft mass of vegetable matter (as of apples) from which most of the water has been extracted by pressure
c : the soft sensitive tissue that fills the central cavity of a tooth — see tooth illustration
d : a material prepared by chemical or mechanical means from various materials (such as wood or rags) for use in making paper and cellulose products
2 : pulverized ore mixed with water
3a : pulpy condition or character
b : something in such a condition or having such a character
4 : a magazine or book printed on cheap paper (such as newsprint) and often dealing with sensational material also : sensational or tabloid writing often used attributively pulp fiction


pulped; pulping; pulps

Definition of pulp (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce to pulp pulped unsold copies of the book
2 : to cause to appear pulpy
3 : to deprive of the pulp

intransitive verb

: to become pulp or pulpy

Other Words from pulp


pulper noun

Synonyms for pulp

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of pulp in a Sentence

Noun The fruit has sweet, juicy pulp and hard, black seeds. the pulp of an orange I like to strain the pulp out of my orange juice. The grain was mashed into pulp. The boxes will be turned back into pulp and be made into newspapers. This paper is made from inexpensive wood pulp. He made a little extra money by writing stories for a science fiction pulp. Verb pulped three oranges to get their juice See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As more books were produced, their readership grew, challenging the predominance of pulp magazines like Doc Savage at the newsstands and occupying restless children in the decades before TV. Scott Bradfield, The New Republic, 16 Dec. 2021 The traditional process for making bammy bread starts with processing grated cassava to get rid of naturally occurring cyanide; next, sifted cassava pulp is pressed into metal rings. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 4 May 2022 The cuvée is blended with still red wine (produced from maceration of the skins and pulp of the grapes) from a parcel nestled in the heart of the Aÿ Cru. Jeanne O'brien Coffey, Forbes, 2 May 2022 The Tongass has been the heart of the logging industry in Alaska for decades, starting in the 1950s with the arrival of pulp mills. Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 The first mention of the Bermuda Triangle—sometimes called the Devil’s Triangle—came in 1964, when a writer named Vincent Gaddis cataloged the many catastrophes that had taken place there since the late 1800s in a pulp magazine called Argosy. Ashley Stimpson, Popular Mechanics, 18 Apr. 2022 Gun battles, life-endangering treachery, and duffel bags of cash—the pulp grist that had always been on the show’s periphery—were now central. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 14 Apr. 2022 Pieces are also made with sustainable fabrics and materials, such as Lenzing Ecovero viscose (a fiber derived wood and pulp) and recycled polyester, zinc, brass and polyamide. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Apr. 2022 His work on Batman: The Animated Series crystalized a take on the character that honored both his origins in superhero comics for kids and his roots in pulp and noir. Joe George, Men's Health, 2 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the eighteen-sixties, a tiny aphid-like bug called phylloxera migrated from California to Europe, nearly pulping the French wine industry; in the nineteen-fifties, Panama disease eradicated the world’s favorite variety of banana, the Gros Michel. Kate Brown, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2020 Condé Nast personally fired him, and Vogue pulped all 130,000 copies. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 14 Mar. 2020 Approximately 70 million tons of this stuff is pulped every year, but most of it is burned for fuel. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2020 His analysis of Trump’s victory is a useful corrective to accounts blaming racists, sexists and plutocrats to the exclusion of millions who simply wanted to blow up the giant dream-pulping machine of American politics. Trygve Throntveit, Washington Post, 14 June 2019 Pieces of timber too small to process as logs—including offcuts and thinnings from the forest—are chipped and pulped to make paper. The Economist, 17 Oct. 2019 The standard method for recycling cotton involves mechanically pulping it to break it down into raw material that can be reused. Marc Bain, Quartzy, 16 Aug. 2019 In some areas, there is hardly any margin for the imperfect pines that are pulped for paper and particleboard. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2018 Some of his trees have outgrown nearby saw mills and will have to be pulped for lower prices. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of pulp


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


1683, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pulp


Middle English pulpe, from Latin pulpa flesh, pulp

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20 May 2022

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\ ˈpəlp How to pronounce pulp (audio) \

Kids Definition of pulp

1 : the soft juicy or moist part of a fruit or vegetable the pulp of an orange
2 : the part of a fruit or vegetable that is left after the liquid has been squeezed from it apple pulp
3 : a material prepared usually from wood or rags and used in making paper
4 : the soft sensitive tissue inside a tooth
5 : a seriously injured or damaged state He was beaten to a pulp.


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Medical Definition of pulp

: a mass of soft tissue: as
b : the characteristic somewhat spongy tissue of the spleen
c : the fleshy portion of the fingertip

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