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.
bulk (countable and uncountable; plural bulks)
- Size, mass or volume.
- The major part of something.
- 2011 December 15, Felicity Cloake, “How to cook the perfect nut roast”, Guardian:
- I'm convinced that the nut's very nutritiousness is to blame for the dish's poor reputation. They're so dense that a loaf made primarily from nuts would be more suitable for slicing into energy bars and selling to mountaineering supply shops - hence the main bulk of a nut roast is generally some form of carbohydrate, intended to lighten the load.
- The result of water retained by fibre.
- (uncountable) (transport) Unpackaged goods when transported in large volumes, e.g. coal, ore or grain.
- (countable) a cargo or any items moved or communicated in the manner of cargo.
- (bodybuilding) Excess body mass, especially muscle.
- (brane cosmology) A hypothetical higher-dimensional space within which our own four-dimensional universe may exist.
result of fibres absorbing water
unpackaged goods in transport
bodybuilding: excess body mass
cosmology: hypothetical higher-dimension space
bulk (comparative bulkier, superlative bulkiest)
- being large in size, mass or volume
large in size, mass, or volume
bulk (third-person singular simple present bulks, present participle bulking, simple past and past participle bulked)
- To appear or seem to be, as to bulk or extent.
- Leslie Stephen
- The fame of Warburton possibly bulked larger for the moment.
- To grow in size; to swell or expand.
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