Definitions for: Bulk


[n] the property possessed by a large mass
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[v] cause to bulge or swell outwards
[v] stick out or up; "The parcel bulked in the sack"



Webster (1913) Definition: Bulk (b[u^]lk), n. [OE. bulke, bolke, heap; cf. Dan. bulk
lump, clod, OSw. bolk crowd, mass, Icel. b?lkast to be bulky.
Cf. Boll, n., Bile a boil, Bulge, n.]
1. Magnitude of material substance; dimensions; mass; size;
as, an ox or ship of great bulk.

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. --Bacon.

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

The bulk of the people must labor, Burke told them,
``to obtain what by labor can be obtained.'' --J.
Morley.

3. (Naut.) The cargo of a vessel when stowed.

4. The body. [Obs.] --Shak.

My liver leaped within my bulk. --Turbervile.

Barrel bulk. See under Barrel.

To break bulk (Naut.), to begin to unload or more the
cargo.

In bulk, in a mass; loose; not inclosed in separate
packages or divided into separate parts; in such shape
that any desired quantity may be taken or sold.

Laden in bulk, Stowed in bulk, having the cargo loose in
the hold or not inclosed in boxes, bales, or casks.

Sale by bulk, a sale of goods as they are, without weight
or measure.

Syn: Size; magnitude; dimension; volume; bigness; largeness;
massiveness.


Bulk, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bulked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Bulking.]
To appear or seem to be, as to bulk or extent; to swell.

The fame of Warburton possibly bulked larger for the
moment. --Leslie
Stephen.


Bulk, n. [Icel. b[=a]lkr a beam, partition. Cf. Balk,
n. & v.]
A projecting part of a building. [Obs.]

Here, stand behind this bulk. --Shak.

Synonyms: bulge, majority, volume

Antonyms: minority

See Also: dollar volume, figure, magnitude, mass, number, pouch, protrude, swell, turnover

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