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bulk

1 [buhlk]
noun
1.
magnitude in three dimensions: a ship of great bulk.
2.
the greater part; main mass or body: The bulk of the debt was paid.
3.
goods or cargo not in packages or boxes, usually transported in large volume, as grain, coal, or petroleum.
4.
fiber ( def 9 ).
5.
(of paper, cardboard, yarn, etc.) thickness, especially in relation to weight.
6.
the body of a living creature.
adjective
8.
being or traded in bulk: bulk grain.
verb (used without object)
9.
to increase in size; expand; swell.
10.
to be of or give the appearance of great weight, size, or importance: The problem bulks large in his mind.
11.
(of paper, cardboard, yarn, etc.) to be of or to acquire a specific thickness, especially in relation to weight.
12.
to gather, form, or mix into a cohesive or uniform mass.
verb (used with object)
13.
to cause to swell, grow, or increase in weight or thickness.
14.
to gather, bring together, or mix.
Verb phrases
15.
bulk up, to increase the bulk of, especially by increasing the thickness of: Adding four chapters will bulk up the book.
Idioms
16.
in bulk,
a.
unpackaged: Fresh orange juice is shipped from Florida in bulk.
b.
in large quantities: Those who buy in bulk receive a discount.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English bolke heap, cargo, hold < Old Norse bulki cargo, ship's hold


1. See size1.


Bulk and bulge most often are pronounced with the vowel [uh] of buck. In South Midland and Southern U.S. the [oo] of book and bull commonly occurs among all speakers. Standard British speech has only [uh]. Both types exist in British regional speech, and both were brought to the colonies, where each came to predominate in a different area and was carried west by migration.
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bulk (bʌlk)
 
n
1.  volume, size, or magnitude, esp when great
2.  the main part: the bulk of the work is repetitious
3.  a large body, esp of a person: he eased his bulk out of the chair
4.  the part of food which passes unabsorbed through the digestive system: he eased his bulk out of the chair
5.  unpackaged cargo or goods
6.  a ship's cargo or hold
7.  printing
 a.  the thickness of a number of sheets of paper or cardboard
 b.  the thickness of a book excluding its covers
8.  (plural) copies of newspapers sold in bulk at a discounted price to hotels, airlines, etc which issue them free to their customers
9.  in bulk
 a.  in large quantities
 b.  (of a cargo, etc) unpackaged
 
vb
10.  to cohere or cause to cohere in a mass
11.  to place, hold, or transport (several cargoes of goods) in bulk
12.  bulk large to be or seem important or prominent: the problem bulked large in his mind
 
usage  The use of a plural noun after bulk was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable

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bulk
mid-15c., from O.N. bulki "a heap, ship's cargo," thus "goods loaded loose," perhaps lit. "rolled-up load," from P.Gmc. *bul-, from PIE *bhl-, from base *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole). Meaning extended by confusion with obsolete bouk "belly" (from O.E. buc, from P.Gmc.
*bukaz, from PIE root meaning "to swell"), which led to sense of "size," first attested mid-15c.
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