Definitions for bulkbʌlk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. magnitude in three dimensions, esp. when great.

  2. the greater part; main mass or body:

    The bulk of the debt was paid.

  3. goods or cargo not in packages or boxes, usu. transported in large volume, as grain, coal, or petroleum.

    Category: Transportation

  4. Category: Nutrition

    Ref: fiber (def. 9). 9

  5. the body of a living creature.

  6. Category:

    Ref: bulk mail. 1

  7. (adj.)being or involving material in bulk.

  8. (v.i.)to increase in size; expand; swell.

  9. to be of great weight, size, or importance:

    The problem bulks large in his mind.

  10. (v.t.)to cause to swell, grow, or increase in weight or thickness (often fol. by up).

  11. to gather, bring together, or mix.

Idioms for bulk:

  1. in bulk, not packaged: in large quantities.

    rice sold in bulk.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of bulk:

1400–50; late ME bolke cargo, hold < ON bulki cargo


  1. a structure, as a stall, projecting from the front of a building.

    Category: Architecture

Origin of bulk:

1350–1400; ME: stall; appar. identical with bulk1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. majority, bulk(noun)

    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"

  2. bulk, mass, volume(noun)

    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. bulk(verb)

    the property possessed by a large mass

  4. bulk(verb)

    stick out or up

    "The parcel bulked in the sack"

  5. bulge, bulk(verb)

    cause to bulge or swell outwards

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bulk(noun)ʌlk

    the large size of sth

    the bulk of his suitcase

  2. bulkʌlk

    a greater part, a majority

    We've completed the bulk of the work.

  3. bulkʌlk

    in large quantities

    They cost less when you buy in bulk.


  1. bulk(Noun)

    Size, mass or volume.

  2. bulk(Noun)

    The major part of something.

  3. bulk(Noun)

    The result of water retained by fibre.

  4. bulk(Noun)

    Unpackaged goods when transported in large volumes, e.g. coal, ore or grain.

  5. bulk(Noun)

    a cargo or any items moved or communicated in the manner of cargo.

  6. bulk(Noun)

    Excess body mass, especially muscle.

  7. bulk(Noun)

    A hypothetical higher-dimensional space within which our own four-dimensional universe may exist.

  8. bulk(Verb)

    to be, or appear to be, massive

  9. bulk(Verb)

    to grow in size; to swell or expand

  10. bulk(Adjective)

    being large in size, mass or volume

  11. Origin: From bolke, from búlki, from bulkô, from bhelǵ-, related to búlkast, dialectal bulk, bulk. Conflated with bouk, from buc, from būkaz, from bhōw-, related to buik, Bauch, buk. More at bouk, bucket.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bulk(noun)

    magnitude of material substance; dimensions; mass; size; as, an ox or ship of great bulk

  2. Bulk(noun)

    the main mass or body; the largest or principal portion; the majority; as, the bulk of a debt

  3. Bulk(noun)

    the cargo of a vessel when stowed

  4. Bulk(noun)

    the body

  5. Bulk(verb)

    to appear or seem to be, as to bulk or extent; to swell

  6. Bulk

    a projecting part of a building

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bulk' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4440

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bulk' in Nouns Frequency: #1809

Translations for bulk

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the greater part

The bulk of his money was spent on food.

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