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Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , bulk bolke ( “ a heap, cargo, hold; heap; bulge ” ), borrowed 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 ” ). Compare Icelandic búlkast ( “ to be bulky ” ), dialectal Swedish bulk ( “ a bunch ” ), Danish bulk ( “ bump, knob ” ).
Middle English bouk ( “ belly, trunk ” ).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
bulk ( , countable and uncountable plural )
Size, specifically, volume.
1729. I Newton, , page 1.
Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy The Quantity of Matter is the measure of the same, arising from its density and bulk conjunctly.
1885, Lewis Carroll, “ Knot IX”, in A Tangled Tale, page 58: “ Didn't Balbus say this morning that, if a body is immersed in liquid, it displaces as much liquid as is equal to its own bulk? ” said Hugh.
1887, W. O. Atwater, “ The Chemistry of Oyster-Fattening”, in Popular Science Monthly, volume 32, number November, page 77: By this process the body of the oyster acquires such a plumpness and rotundity, and its bulk and weight are so increased, as to materially increase its selling value.
The cliff-dwellers had chipped and chipped away at this boulder till it rested its tremendous bulk upon a mere pin-point of its surface. Any huge body or structure.
major part of something.
1911, Encyclopædia Britannica, volume 24, « Sample», page 119: In the case of such a contract, there must be an implied condition that the bulk shall correspond with the sample in quality
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, in : The Mirror and the Lamp There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, […], and all these articles […] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished. 2011 December 15, Felicity Cloake, “ How to cook the perfect nut roast”, in Guardian: the main bulk of a nut roast is generally some form of carbohydrate, intended to lighten the load. The result of water retained by
( 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.
( bodybuilding ) A period where one tries to gain muscle.
( brane cosmology ) A hypothetical higher-dimensional space within which our own four-dimensional universe may exist. ( obsolete ) The body.
c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “ The Tragedy of Richard the Third:”, in [ … ] Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act I, scene iv]: OCLC 606515358 Methought I had, and often did I strive To yield the ghost, but still the envious flood Stopped in my soul and would not let it forth To find the empty, vast, and wand'ring air, But smothered it within my panting bulk, Who almost burst to belch it in the sea. (Can we find and add a quotation of George Turberville to this entry?)
Translations [ edit ]
volume (pt) , m quantidade (pt) f Romanian:
masa , (ro) vrac (ro) Russian:
величина́ (ru) f ( veličiná ), ма́сса (ru) f ( mássa ), объём (ru) m ( obʺjóm ) Serbo-Croatian:
Roman: gromada (sh) Slovak:
množstvo , n kopa , f kopec , m objem m Spanish:
masa (es) f Swedish:
massa (sv) c Tagalog:
bikil Turkish: cüsse , (tr) hacim , (tr) kütle , (tr) yığın (tr)
result of fibres absorbing water
unpackaged goods in transport
bodybuilding: excess body mass
cosmology: hypothetical higher-dimension space
Adjective [ edit ]
bulk ( not )
large in size, mass or volume (of goods, etc.) total
Translations [ edit ]
large in size, mass, or volume
кру́пный (ru) ( krúpnyj ), объёмистый (ru) ( obʺjómistyj ), масси́вный (ru) ( massívnyj ), ма́ссовый (ru) ( mássovyj ) ( trade ), о́птовый (ru) ( óptovyj ) ( of trade, goods ) Slovak:
, objemný hromadný , m masový , m vo veľkom Spanish:
masivo (es) Swedish:
massiv , (sv) omfångsrik , (sv) voluminös (sv) Turkish: cüsseli , (tr) hacimli (tr)
Derived terms [ edit ]
bulk ( third-person singular simple present , bulks present participle , bulking simple past and past participle )
( intransitive ) To appear or seem to be, as to bulk or extent.
date this quote by Leslie Stephen and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) The fame of Warburton possibly bulked larger for the moment.
( intransitive ) To grow in size; to swell or expand.
( intransitive ) To gain body mass by means of diet, exercise, etc. ( transitive ) To put or hold in bulk.
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