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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

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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 And on June 5 Mike Ruiz-Serra (Serra Studio) and Hannah Bigeleisen share the thrills of experimenting with paper pulp. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "A Panorama of Design," 31 May 2020 The magazine was notorious for sensationalized stories of the pulp genre. Bill Dow, Detroit Free Press, "90 years ago, Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb challenged myths of being maniacal racist," 16 May 2020 The fund kept its long position in Brazilian stocks, with bets on pulp-maker Klabin SA, retailer Magazine Luiza SA and Cogna Educacao. Vinicius Andrade, Bloomberg.com, "Money Manager Apologizes on Twitter After Brazil Funds Crushed," 8 May 2020 Robinson was one of the figures to come out of the mid-20th century sci-fi short story scene, writing techno-thrillers for various pulp publications. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Wan, 'John Wick' Writer Derek Kolstad Team for Sci-Fi Time Travel Tale 'Hunting Season' (Exclusive)," 1 May 2020 The timeless plays gradually fell out of favor as people became accustomed to the casual pulp-noir tone of radio plays and the action-packed police procedurals that followed with the advent of television. Emily Rose, Ars Technica, "In Half-Life’s improv scene, anyone can speak for Gordon Freeman," 16 Apr. 2020 Non-Stop is easily the best of them, partly thanks to Jaume Collet-Serra, a Spanish director who is one of the finest purveyors of modern pulp cinema (along with many Neeson movies, his other credits include The Shallows and Orphan). David Sims, The Atlantic, "30 Underrated Films You Should Revisit," 10 Apr. 2020 The first agonizing meals took hours, while Olympia mashed her food into a pulp or cried and raged at her parents. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Rethinking anorexia: Biology may be more important than culture, new studies reveal," 9 Apr. 2020 Matt Elhardt traveled more than 100,000 miles last year, spending over 100 nights away from home, for his job in global sales for Fisher International, a pulp and paper industry consulting firm. Julie Weed, New York Times, "Airlines and Hotels Reach Out to Their Top Spenders," 27 Apr. 2020 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, "The Pandemic Is Not a Natural Disaster," 13 Apr. 2020 Condé Nast personally fired him, and Vogue pulped all 130,000 copies. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things," 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, "Bioplastics continue to blossom—are they really better for the environment?," 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, "The message of these ‘civic sermons’: Have faith in your fellow Americans," 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, "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

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

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“Pulp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulp. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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
b : the characteristic somewhat spongy tissue of the spleen
c : the fleshy portion of the fingertip

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