\ ˈpəlp \

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 \ noun
pulpy \ˈpəl-pē \ 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

Saguenay’s other original economic base, pulp and paper, has been devastated by decades of U.S. protectionism around softwood lumber. Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Trade War Looms Over a Canadian Town Built to Supply America," 28 June 2018 China and India are among the world’s biggest importers of soy, pulp and paper, and palm oil. National Geographic, "Tropical Forest Loss Slowed in 2017—To the Second Worst Total Ever," 27 June 2018 Limited trade wars over lumber, pulp and paper, and other products have flared on and off for decades. Rob Gillies And David Crary, Houston Chronicle, "Canada-US relations at a low after Trudeau-Trump trade tiff," 17 June 2018 Limited trade wars over lumber, pulp and paper, and other products have flared on and off for decades. Washington Post, "Canada-US relations at a low after Trudeau-Trump trade tiff," 14 June 2018 Although modern sawmills and pulp and paper mills are designed to turn every bit of useable wood into product, a lot of waste is unavoidable. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lumber’s lure: Thanks to physics, viable biofuel may grow in the woods," 5 Apr. 2018 Busch rolled into victory lane with the right side of his Toyota battered by his meeting with the wall and with his right front tire beaten to a pulp. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson stage dramatic duel in Cup season's best finish," 1 July 2018 By allowing each small portion to luxuriate in its own private suite, the Liholiho team ensures that none of the perfect cubes are crushed to a damp pulp by the weight of an entire loin. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 Then, filter the liquid through a sieve to remove any leftover fruit or vegetable pulp. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Your Own Food Coloring," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In Sumatra and Borneo, forests have been pulped to make way for palm oil plantations, with devastating consequences for orangutans. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Do Gorillas Even Belong in Zoos? Harambe’s Death Spurs Debate," 6 June 2016

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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


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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

a : dental pulp

b : the characteristic somewhat spongy tissue of the spleen

c : the fleshy portion of the fingertip

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