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Princeton's WordNet

  1. majority, bulknoun

    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, volumenoun

    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. bulkverb

    the property possessed by a large mass

  4. bulkverb

    stick out or up

    "The parcel bulked in the sack"

  5. bulge, bulkverb

    cause to bulge or swell outwards


  1. bulknoun

    Size, mass or volume.

  2. bulknoun

    The major part of something.

  3. bulknoun

    The result of water retained by fibre.

  4. bulknoun

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

  5. bulknoun

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

  6. bulknoun

    Excess body mass, especially muscle.

  7. bulknoun

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

  8. bulkverb

    to be, or appear to be, massive

  9. bulkverb

    to grow in size; to swell or expand

  10. bulkadjective

    being large in size, mass or volume

  11. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BULKnoun

    Etymology: bulcke, Dutch, the breast, or largest part of a man.

    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. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    The Spaniards and Portuguese have ships of great bulk, but fitter for the merchant than the man of war; for burden than for battle. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    Though an animal arrives at its full growth, at a certain age, perhaps it never comes to its full bulk till the last period of life. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Things, or objects, cannot enter into the mind, as they subsist in themselves, and, by their own natural bulk, pass into the apprehension; but they are taken in by their ideas. South.

    Those very points, in which these wise men disagreed from the bulk of the people, are points in which they agreed with the received doctrines of our nature. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 51.

    Change in property, through the bulk of a nation, makes slow marches, and its due power always attends it. Jonathan Swift.

    The bulk of the debt must be lessened gradually. Jonathan Swift.

    He rais’d a sigh, so piteous and profound,
    That it did seem to shatter all his bulk,
    And end his being. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

  2. Bulknoun

    A part of a building jutting out.

    Etymology: corrupted from borough.

    Here stand behind this bulk. Straight will he come:
    Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    The keeper coming up, found Jack with no life in him; he took down the body, and laid it on a bulk, and brought out the rope to the company. John Arbuthnot, History of John Bull.


  1. bulk

    Bulk refers to large size or volume, or a majority or major part of something. It can also refer to goods or materials in large quantities or volumes, typically for commercial purposes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bulknoun

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

  2. Bulknoun

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

  3. Bulknoun

    the cargo of a vessel when stowed

  4. Bulknoun

    the body

  5. Bulkverb

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

  6. Bulk

    a projecting part of a building

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bulk

    bulk, n. a stall or framework built in front of a shop.—n. Bulk′er, a street thief or strumpet. [Ety. dub.; Prof. Skeat suggests Scand. bálk-r, beam, and Dr Murray quotes also an A.S. bolca, gangway of a ship.]

  2. Bulk

    bulk, n. magnitude or size: the greater part: any huge body or structure: the whole cargo in the hold of a ship.—v.i. to be in bulk: to be of weight or importance.—v.t. to put or hold in bulk.—ns. Bulk′head, a partition separating one part of the interior of a ship from another, either transverse or longitudinal, and usually made watertight; Bulk′iness.—adj. Bulk′y, having bulk: of great size, unwieldy.—Collision bulkhead, that nearest the bow—usually the only one in sailing-ships.—To load in bulk, to put the cargo in loose; To sell in bulk, to sell the cargo as it is in the hold: to sell in large quantities. [Prob. Scand.; Ice. bulki, a heap.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bulk

    In bulk; things stowed without cases or packages. (See BULK-HEAD and LADEN IN BULK.)

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BULK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bulk is ranked #90495 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bulk surname appeared 204 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bulk.

    89.7% or 183 total occurrences were White.
    3.9% or 8 total occurrences were Black.
    3.9% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BULK in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BULK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of BULK in a Sentence

  1. Michelle Kyriakides:

    HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT COULD LAST A YEAR : SURVEY According to the latest employment data, the economy lost 701,000 jobs last month, causing the unemployment rate to rise from 3.5 percent in February to 4.4 percent by the end of March. Career counselors compare the dynamic to the 2008 recession but say there is hope for todays graduates to succeed in the job market, even if it takes time for the economy to rebound. I was a bit nervous, but when were talking to our employer partners, they are still preparing for this to pick back up after COVID ends, which is optimistic for me and something were trying to share, industries that often hire in bulk are still hiring in bulk, so the accounting students are doing OK. Were seeing a big pick-up in the amount of opportunities in health care and in technology, of course, because everyone has been virtual. A look at Hofstra University's Sports and Exhibition complex on campus. ( Elina Shirazi).

  2. Benjamin Johnson:

    It is not growing like a tree in bulk doth make man better be Or standing long an oak, three hundred year, To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere, A lily of a day is fairer in May Although it fall and die that night, It was the plant of flower and light, In small proportions we just beauties see And in short measures, life may perfect be.

  3. Mark Twain:

    There is no such thing as the Queen's English. The property has gone into the hands of a joint stock company and we own the bulk of the shares

  4. Thomas Jefferson:

    The bulk of mankind are schoolboys through life.

  5. Howard Erichson:

    the company has to be drawn to finding a way to settle the bulk of the remaining cases.

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