Bulk definition

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The major portion or greater part.
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Size, mass, or volume, especially when very large.
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To give greater bulk, or size, to.
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The definition of bulk is a large portion, great size or big volume.

An example of bulk is the overall size of a large football player.

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Thickness of paper or cardboard in relation to weight.
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A ship's cargo.
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A distinct mass or portion of matter, especially a large one.

The dark bulk of buildings against the sky.

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The body of a human, especially when large or muscular.
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To be or appear to be massive in terms of size, volume, or importance; loom.

Safety considerations bulked large during development of the new spacecraft.

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To grow or increase in size or importance.
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To cohere or form a mass.

Certain paper bulks well.

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To cause to swell or expand.
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To cause to cohere or form a mass.
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Being large in mass, quantity, or volume.

A bulk buy; a bulk mailing.

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Size, mass, or volume, esp. if great.
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The main mass or body of something; largest part or portion.

The bulk of one's fortune.

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Soft, bulky matter of a kind that passes through the intestines without being absorbed and aids in elimination.
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To form into a mass.
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To increase in size, importance, etc.
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To have size or importance.

To bulk large in the mind.

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To make (something) form into a mass.
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To make bulge; stuff.
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Total; aggregate.
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Not put up in individual packages.
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Designating or of mail comprising presorted, identical items mailed in quantity, as catalogs.
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(archaic) A projecting framework or stall built as the front of a shop.
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The major part of something.
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The result of water retained by fibre.
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(uncountable, transport) Unpackaged goods when transported in large volumes, e.g. coal, ore or grain.
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(countable) A cargo or any items moved or communicated in the manner of cargo.
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(bodybuilding) Excess body mass, especially muscle.
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(brane cosmology) A hypothetical higher-dimensional space within which our own four-dimensional universe may exist.
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Being large in size, mass or volume (of goods, etc.)
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To appear or seem to be, as to bulk or extent.
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To grow in size; to swell or expand.
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in bulk
  • Unpackaged; loose.
  • In large numbers, amounts, or volume.
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in bulk
  • not put up in individual packages
  • in large amounts; in great volume
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bulk
Plural:
bulks

Adjective

Base Form:
bulk
Superlative:
bulkiest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in bulk
in bulk

Origin of bulk

  • Middle English perhaps partly alteration of bouk belly, trunk of the body (from Old English būc) and partly from Old Norse bulki cargo, heap bhel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English bolke (“a heap, cargo, hold”), from Old Norse búlki (“the freight or the cargo of a ship”), from Proto-Germanic *bulkô (“beam, pile, heap”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhelǵ- (“beam, pile, prop”), related to Icelandic búlkast (“to be bulky”), Swedish dialectal bulk (“a bunch”), Danish bulk (“bump, knob”). Conflated with Middle English bouk (“belly, trunk”), from Old English būc (“belly, stomach, pitcher”), from Proto-Germanic *būkaz (“belly, body”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhōw- (“to blow, swell”), related to Dutch buik (“belly”), German Bauch (“belly, stomach”), Swedish buk (“belly, abdomen”). More at bouk, bucket.

    From Wiktionary