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Meaning of BULK

Pronunciation:  bulk

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the property possessed by a large mass
  2. [n]  the property of something that is great in magnitude; "it is cheaper to buy it in bulk"; "he received a mass of correspondence"; "the volume of exports"
  3. [n]  the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part; "the majority of his customers prefer it"; "the bulk of the work is finished"
  4. [v]  cause to bulge or swell outwards
  5. [v]  stick out or up; "The parcel bulked in the sack"
 

BULK is a 4 letter word that starts with B.

 

 Synonyms: bulge, majority, volume
 
 Antonyms: minority
 
 See Also: dollar volume, figure, magnitude, mass, number, pouch, protrude, swell, turnover

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Bulk\ (b[u^]lk), n. [OE. bulke, bolke, heap; cf. Dan. bulk
    lump, clod, OSw. bolk crowd, mass, Icel. b?lkast to be bulky.
    Cf. {Boll}, n., {Bile} a boil, {Bulge}, n.]
    1. Magnitude of material substance; dimensions; mass; size;
       as, an ox or ship of great bulk.
    
             Against these forces there were prepared near one
             hundred ships; not so great of bulk indeed, but of a
             more nimble motion, and more serviceable. --Bacon.
    
    2. The main mass or body; the largest or principal portion;
       the majority; as, the bulk of a debt.
    
             The bulk of the people must labor, Burke told them,
             ``to obtain what by labor can be obtained.'' --J.
                                                   Morley.
    
    3. (Naut.) The cargo of a vessel when stowed.
    
    4. The body. [Obs.] --Shak.
    
             My liver leaped within my bulk.       --Turbervile.
    
    {Barrel bulk}. See under {Barrel}.
    
    {To break bulk} (Naut.), to begin to unload or more the
       cargo.
    
    {In bulk}, in a mass; loose; not inclosed in separate
       packages or divided into separate parts; in such shape
       that any desired quantity may be taken or sold.
    
    {Laden in bulk}, {Stowed in bulk}, having the cargo loose in
       the hold or not inclosed in boxes, bales, or casks.
    
    {Sale by bulk}, a sale of goods as they are, without weight
       or measure.
    
    Syn: Size; magnitude; dimension; volume; bigness; largeness;
         massiveness.
    
    
  2. \Bulk\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Bulked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Bulking}.]
    To appear or seem to be, as to bulk or extent; to swell.
    
          The fame of Warburton possibly bulked larger for the
          moment.                                  --Leslie
                                                   Stephen.
    
    
  3. \Bulk\, n. [Icel. b[=a]lkr a beam, partition. Cf. {Balk},
    n. & v.]
    A projecting part of a building. [Obs.]
    
          Here, stand behind this bulk.            --Shak.
    
    
 
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