This bushelbasket contains a bushel of oranges.
- When you have 64 pints of wheat, this is an example of a bushel of wheat.
- When you have 8 imperial gallons of maple syrup, this is an example of a bushel.
- When you have a lot of money, this is an example of a bushel of money.
- a unit of dry measure for grain, fruit, etc., equal to 32 dry quarts or 4 pecks (35.2384 dry liters or 1.2445 cubic feet): abbrev. bu
- a container holding one bushel
- a weight taken as the equivalent of one bushel
- Informal a large amount Abbrev. bu
Origin of bushelMiddle English busshel ; from Old French boissel ; from boisse, grain measure ; from Gaulish an unverified form bostia, handful ; from an unverified form bosta, palm of the hand
Origin of bushel; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps German bosseln, to patch up, repair
- Abbr. bu.a. A unit of volume or capacity in the US Customary System, used in dry measure and equal to 4 pecks, 2,150.42 cubic inches, or 35.24 liters.b. A unit of volume or capacity in the British Imperial System, used in dry and liquid measure and equal to 2,219.36 cubic inches or 36.37 liters.
- A container with the capacity of a bushel.
- Informal A large amount; a great deal: We have bushels of time, so relax.
Origin of bushelMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman bussel, variant of Old French boissiel, from boisse, one sixth of a bushel, of Celtic origin.
transitive verbbush·eled, bush·el·ing, bush·els or bush·elled or bush·el·ling
Origin of bushelProbably from German bosseln, to do odd jobs, alteration (perhaps influenced by bosseln, to emboss) of basteln, to rig up, mend, probably from Bast, bast fiber (used to make rope), from Middle High German bast, from Old High German.
- bush′el·er, bush′el·ler
- A dry measure, containing four pecks, eight gallons (36.4 L), or thirty-two quarts.
- The Winchester bushel, formerly used in England, contained 2150.42 cubic inches, being the volume of a cylinder 181/2 inches in internal diameter and eight inches in depth. The standard bushel measures, prepared by the United States Government and distributed to the States, hold each 77.6274 pounds of distilled water, at 39.8° Fahr. and 30 inches atmospheric pressure, being the equivalent of the Winchester bushel. The imperial bushel now in use in England is larger than the Winchester bushel, containing 2218.2 cubic inches, or 80 pounds of water at 62° Fahr.
- A vessel of the capacity of a bushel, used in measuring; a bushel measure.
- A quantity that fills a bushel measure; as, a heap containing ten bushels of apples.
- In the United States a large number of articles, bought and sold by the bushel, are measured by weighing, the number of pounds that make a bushel being determined by State law or by local custom. For some articles, as apples, potatoes, etc., heaped measure is required in measuring a bushel.
- (colloquial) A large indefinite quantity.
- The iron lining in the nave of a wheel. [Eng.] In the United States it is called a box.