pulp

1 of 2

noun

1
a(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
3
a
: 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

2 of 2

verb

pulped; pulping; pulps

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
pulper noun

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
At the Bowenpally market, unsold vegetables are shredded into a pulp and passed into an anaerobic digester, where bacteria eat up the waste and emit methane and carbon dioxide gasses. Kavitha Yarlagadda, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Oct. 2022 Meanwhile, solana, which had been beaten to a pulp this year, rallied a whopping 28.7% in the past week. Dan Runkevicius, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Tofu is made from soybeans which are soaked with water and then ground down to a cooked pulp. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 22 June 2022 Still stretchy, soft, and breathable, Reprise Aspen leggings are made of fibers derived from the pulp of trees, not polyester (a kind of plastic). Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 12 Dec. 2022 The Naked Fiber organic powder is made from only the best baobab pulp. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 4 Nov. 2022 Fermentation occurs when cooked agaves are mashed to a pulp and combined with water and yeast. Oj Lima, Bon Appétit, 3 Jan. 2023 The story of Wisconsin's pulp and paper industry is one of adaptation and survival. John Schmid, jsonline.com, 2 Nov. 2022 Peel potatoes and place pulp into large mixing bowl. al, 14 Nov. 2022
Verb
Elephants sway from side to side, orcas grind their teeth to pulp against concrete walls. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 7 Aug. 2021 The tool wipes away pulp from the inside, outside and bottom of the cutting blade in one swipe, while protecting your fingers. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2022 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, 13 Apr. 2020 Condé Nast personally fired him, and Vogue pulped all 130,000 copies. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 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, 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, 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, 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, 16 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English pulpe, from Latin pulpa flesh, pulp

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1683, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Pulp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulp. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

pulp

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: the soft juicy or fleshy part of a fruit or vegetable
the pulp of an apple
b
: a mass of vegetable matter from which the juice or moisture has been squeezed
pulp left in orange juice
2
: the soft sensitive tissue that fills the central cavity of a tooth
3
: a material prepared chiefly from wood but also from other materials (as rags) and used in making paper products
4
: pulpy state
beaten to a pulp
5
: a magazine or book on cheap paper and often dealing with sensational material

pulp

2 of 2 verb
: to make into a pulp
pulper noun

Medical Definition

pulp

noun
: 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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