\ ˈpəlp How to pronounce pulp (audio) \

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

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Other Words from pulp


pulpiness \ ˈpəl-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce pulpiness (audio) \ noun
pulpy \ ˈpəl-​pē How to pronounce pulpy (audio) \ adjective


pulper noun

Synonyms for pulp

Synonyms: Verb

crush, mash, squash

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Examples of pulp in a Sentence


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.


pulped three oranges to get their juice
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So, Nate takes matters into his own hands, and beats Tyler to a pulp, nearly murdering him. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Thinking Through Euphoria Season 1, Episode 2: "Stuntin' Like My Daddy"," 24 June 2019 The business of pulp, palm oil and wood are causing the deforestation of Sumatra and contributing to the extinction of many of the world's rare species. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Almost 600 plant species have become extinct in the last 250 years," 11 June 2019 Whether torn at the edges or marked with pulp, stains or watermarks, every one of Leonardo’s originals contains its own centuries-old residue. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "Explore Leonardo da Vinci works from Queen Elizabeth II's private collection," 14 May 2019 At the same time, higher input costs for paper and pulp, petrochemicals and freight are pressuring the bottom line. Aaron Back, WSJ, "P&G Washout May Run Another Cycle," 31 July 2018 Wood chips, byproduct of area sawmills, bound for China pulp mills. Robert Earle Howells, SFChronicle.com, "Insider: A sea captain’s guide to Eureka," 5 July 2018 Keep squeezing the blend until the milk is completely separate from the pulp. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Make Any Kind of Nut Milk," 28 June 2018 Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper ($48) Most toilet paper is made from virgin tree pulp, containing no recycled materials. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Earth-Friendly Gear You Can Feel Good About Buying," 17 Apr. 2018 Strain through a fine sieve into a large pitcher, pressing all juice from pulp. Country Living, "Bloody Mary," 27 July 2010

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some of his trees have outgrown nearby saw mills and will have to be pulped for lower prices. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It Didn’t Work.," 9 Oct. 2018 Southern yellow pine, which is sawed into lumber and pulped into paper and particle board, is one of the region’s top agricultural products. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Stressed Southern Timber Growers Get Hit Again," 27 Oct. 2018 But tons and tons of books are discarded globally each year, either pulped by publishers, shredded by libraries or tossed out when people empty old houses. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Turkish Garbage Collectors Curate Their Own Library," 23 Feb. 2018 Word was, he had been ordered, at the last minute, to pulp the first run of booklets and to rush out new versions, stripped of cost calculations. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 If the asteroid is large enough, the overpressure would effectively pulp victims' insides. Jasper Hamill, Fox News, "7 terrifying ways that asteroids could wipe out life on our planet revealed," 28 June 2018 After the wood is pulped, it’s turned into a fiber that is then spun into a yarn. Anh-minh Le, San Francisco Chronicle, "Latest Allbirds shoes do actually grow on trees," 18 Apr. 2018 In the second half of the century, entire libraries were transferred to microform, spun on microfilm reels, or served on tiny microfiche platters, while the crumbling originals were thrown away or pulped. Maria Bustillos, Longreads, "The Internet Isn’t Forever," 20 Feb. 2018 Pulping wood turned out to be not all that different from refining oil. Christopher Leonard, chicagotribune.com, "A look at how Koch does business," 5 July 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pulp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the inner, juicy part of a fruit or vegetable
: the substance that is left after the liquid has been squeezed from a fruit or vegetable
: a soft, wet substance that is made by crushing something



English Language Learners Definition of pulp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to crush (something) until it is soft and wet : to make (something) into pulp


\ 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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