pulp

noun
\ 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

pulp

verb
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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Verb

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun New proof of ancient plague To identify cases of ancient plague, researchers extract aDNA from a skeleton’s dental pulp chamber and search for genetic code from Y. pestis bacteria. Bridget Alex, The Conversation, "Plague was around for millennia before epidemics took hold – and the way people lived might be what protected them," 7 Nov. 2019 Each chapter hews to the conventions of a different genre: road trip, romance novel, creature feature, lesbian pulp novel, stoner comedy. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "‘In the Dream House’ Recounts an Abusive Relationship Using Dozens of Genres," 29 Oct. 2019 As in life so in fiction, and 19th- and 20th-century pulp literature is awash with dangerous flowers. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Orchids," 9 Oct. 2019 The top three companies in what's called the tissue industry — P&G, Kimberly-Clark and Georgia-Pacific — rely almost exclusively on virgin pulp for their products. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Environmentalists have a new target: Charmin toilet paper," 9 Oct. 2019 What kind of animal is doing this? Dave M., Bay Area DEAR DAVE: The creature who finds the rind more appealing, no pun intended, than the pulp is the rat. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Are bobcats moving into Lafayette?," 31 July 2019 Piña cloth is an extremely sheer, structured, and lightweight fiber woven from the pulp of pineapples; a family member was able to go in my stead to the Philippines and source the material. Vogue, "19 FIT, Pratt, and Parsons 2019 Graduates on Their Collections and the Future of Fashion," 22 May 2019 After cherries are picked, there’s a complex process that removes the tasty pulp around the bean. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Branching out with new crops," 31 May 2018 To de-seed tomatoes, cut them in quarters, lay them skin-side down on a cutting board, and use a sharp paring knife to separate the pulp from the flesh. Rochelle Bilow, Bon Appetit, "How to Make Fresh, Homemade Salsa & Common Mistakes to Avoid," 22 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "How to make use of all of a tree," 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, "There’s never been a better time—or more need—to buy your clothes used," 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, "Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It Didn’t Work.," 9 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of pulp

Noun

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

Verb

1683, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pulp

Noun

Middle English pulpe, from Latin pulpa flesh, pulp

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The first known use of pulp was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

20 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pulp.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulped. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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pulp

noun
How to pronounce pulp (audio)

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

pulp

verb

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

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

pulp

noun
\ 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.

pulp

noun
\ ˈpəlp How to pronounce pulp (audio) \

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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