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bushel1

[boo sh-uh l] /ˈbʊʃ əl/
noun
1.
a unit of dry measure containing 4 pecks, equivalent in the U.S. (and formerly in England) to 2150.42 cubic inches or 35.24 liters (Winchester bushel) and in Great Britain to 2219.36 cubic inches or 36.38 liters (Imperial bushel)
Abbreviation: bu., bush.
2.
a container of this capacity.
3.
a unit of weight equal to the weight of a bushel of a given commodity.
4.
a large, unspecified amount or number:
a bushel of kisses.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English bu(i)sshel < Middle French boissel, equivalent to boisse unit of measure (< Gaulish *bostia; compare MIr bas, bos palm of the hand, handbreadth) + -el noun suffix

bushel2

[boo sh-uh l] /ˈbʊʃ əl/
verb (used with object), busheled, busheling or (especially British) bushelled, bushelling.
1.
to alter or repair (a garment).
Origin
1875-80, Americanism; < German bosseln to patch < French bosseler to emboss; see boss2
Related forms
busheler; especially British, busheller, noun
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Examples from the web for bushels
  • Every fall we'd get a couple of bushels of macs for the winter.
  • Yield-tonnes per hectare, bushels per acre or whatever-is the traditional gauge of agriculture's performance.
  • We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.
  • To illustrate the principle, suppose a farmer to sow a wheat field of entirely unknown extent with ten bushels of wheat.
  • If you can't get it in bushels take it by spoonfuls.
  • Farmers produce about nine billion bushels of corn each year.
  • Commodities are identical units of sure value-bushels of wheat, say-whose price fluctuates from time to time and place to place.
  • bushels of lights set this backyard aglow after a fresh snow.
  • Seniors often tour these areas and buy bushels for canning.
  • We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat.
British Dictionary definitions for bushels

bushel1

/ˈbʊʃəl/
noun
1.
a Brit unit of dry or liquid measure equal to 8 Imperial gallons. 1 Imperial bushel is equivalent to 0.036 37 cubic metres
2.
a US unit of dry measure equal to 64 US pints. 1 US bushel is equivalent to 0.035 24 cubic metres
3.
a container with a capacity equal to either of these quantities
4.
(US, informal) a large amount; great deal
5.
hide one's light under a bushel, to conceal one's abilities or good qualities
Word Origin
C14: from Old French boissel, from boisse one sixth of a bushel, of Gaulish origin

bushel2

/ˈbʊʃəl/
verb -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
1.
(transitive) (US) to alter or mend (a garment)
Derived Forms
busheller, busheler, bushelman, noun
Word Origin
C19: probably from German bosseln to do inferior work, patch, from Middle High German bōzeln to beat, from Old High German bōzan
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Word Origin and History for bushels

bushel

n.

early 14c., measure of capacity containing four pecks or eight gallons, from Old French boissel "bushel" (13c., Modern French boisseau), probably from boisse, a grain measure based on Gallo-Romance *bostia "handful," from Gaulish *bosta "palm of the hand" (cf. Irish bass, Breton boz "the hollow of the hand"). The exact measure varied from place to place and according to commodity, and since late 14c. it has been used loosely to mean "a large quantity or number."

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Encyclopedia Article for bushels

bushel

unit of capacity in the British Imperial and the United States Customary systems of measurement. In the British system the units of liquid and dry capacity are the same, and since 1824 a bushel has been defined as 8 imperial gallons, or 2,219.36 cubic inches (36,375.31 cubic cm). In the United States the bushel is used only for dry measure. The U.S. level bushel (or struck bushel) is equal to 2,150.42 cubic inches (35,245.38 cubic cm) and is considered the equivalent of the Winchester bushel, a measure used in England from the 15th century until 1824. A U.S. level bushel is made up of 4 pecks, or 32 dry quarts. Two bushels make up a unit called a strike. In 1912 the U.S. Court of Customs defined a "heaped bushel" for measuring quantities of apples as 2,747.715 cubic inches (45,035.04 cubic cm). In the British Isles various cubic capacities and weights for the bushel have existed since the 13th century depending on the product to be sold or transported. It derived ultimately from the Old French boissel, from boisse, a measure of grain

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