Meaning of bulk


Don’t be intimidated by the bulk of the dictionary on your desk. If you look in it, you’ll see that bulk is a small word used to talk about large things.

Bulk has a variety of meanings that all involve something large, like the bulk of a ship in the harbor, or the excess bulk of your overweight cat. Bulk can also mean “majority,” as when the bulk of your diet is tater tots and guacamole. You can expect to put on a lot of bulk if you eat like that.

Definitions of bulk
  1. noun

    the property possessed by a large mass

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    the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field

  2. noun

    the property of something that is great in magnitude

    “it is cheaper to buy it in

    mass, volume

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    dollar volume, turnover

    the volume measured in dollars
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    the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)

  3. noun

    the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part

    bulk of the work is finished”


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    being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts
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    figure, number

    the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals

  4. verb

    stick out or up

    “The parcel
    bulked in the sack”
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    bulge, pouch, protrude

    swell or protrude outwards

  5. verb

    cause to bulge or swell outwards



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    cause to become swollen

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