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1 the largest part or quantity of something
  • agriculture makes up the bulk of the country's economy

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2 the main or greater part of something as distinguished from its subordinate parts
  • the cookie lost a few crumbs, but the bulk of it remained

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3 the total amount of measurable space or surface occupied by something
  • due to its bulk, we were unable to get the enormous bookcase into the back seat of the car

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How is the word bulk different from other nouns like it?

The words mass and volume are common synonyms of bulk. While all three words mean "the aggregate that forms a body or unit," bulk implies an aggregate that is impressively large, heavy, or numerous.

the darkened bulk of the skyscrapers

Where would mass be a reasonable alternative to bulk?

While in some cases nearly identical to bulk, mass suggests an aggregate made by piling together things of the same kind.

a mass of boulders

When could volume be used to replace bulk?

The words volume and bulk are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, volume applies to an aggregate without shape or outline and capable of flowing or fluctuating.

a tremendous volume of water

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The first known use of bulk was in the 15th century

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28 May 2020

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“Bulk.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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