What does bulk mean?

Definitions for bulkbʌlk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bulk.

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


  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

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.]

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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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gwen Stefani:

    I wrote the bulk of it in eight weeks.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    The bulk of mankind are schoolboys through life.

  3. Allan Small:

    Energy is really doing the bulk of the lifting in today's market.

  4. Peter Swire:

    The big news in the USA Freedom Act is to limit bulk collection programs.

  5. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin:

    Bulk collection is obviously a key issue, the judge has not yet settled this.

Images & Illustrations of bulk

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Translations for bulk

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • големина, обемист, главна част, насипен товар, маса, обем, масивенBulgarian
  • massiuCatalan, Valencian
  • GroßteilGerman
  • grueso, bulto, masaSpanish
  • حجمPersian
  • suurin osa, määrä, bulkki, turpoaminen, massa, bulkkitavara, valtaosaFinnish
  • vrac, en gros, majeure partie, masseFrench
  • vultoGalician
  • tömeg, terjedelemHungarian
  • masseNorwegian
  • masa, wielkość, objętośćPolish
  • grosso, volume, granel, quantidade, massaPortuguese
  • vrac, masiv, voluminos, masaRomanian
  • масса, бо́льшая часть, основная масса, крупный, объёмRussian
  • gromadaSerbo-Croatian
  • voluminös, merpart, massa, omfångsrik, massiv, lejonpartSwedish
  • yığın, hacim, cüsseli, hacimli, kütle, cüsseTurkish

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