- The definition of a bushel is a U.S. measure used for dry goods that is equal to 64 pints, or a British measure for dry goods and liquids that is equal to 8 imperial gallons, or an informal way of saying a large amount.
- 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.
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- 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: Middle 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
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- Abbr. bsh. or bu.a. A unit of volume or capacity in the U.S. 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. See Table at measurement.
- A container with the capacity of a bushel.
- Informal A large amount; a great deal: We have bushels of time, so relax.
Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-Norman bussel, variant of Old French boissiel, from boisse, one sixth of a bushel, of Celtic origin.
transitive verb bush·eled or bush·elled, bush·el·ing or bush·el·ling, bush·els
Origin: Probably 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.
- bushˈel·er, bushˈel·ler noun
- bushˈel·man noun