from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Size, mass, or volume, especially when very large.
- n. A distinct mass or portion of matter, especially a large one: the dark bulk of buildings against the sky.
- n. The body of a human, especially when large or muscular.
- n. The major portion or greater part: "The great bulk of necessary work can never be anything but painful” ( Bertrand Russell).
- n. See fiber.
- n. Thickness of paper or cardboard in relation to weight.
- n. A ship's cargo.
- intransitive v. To be or appear to be massive in terms of size, volume, or importance; loom: Safety considerations bulked large during development of the new spacecraft.
- intransitive v. To grow or increase in size or importance.
- intransitive v. To cohere or form a mass: Certain paper bulks well.
- transitive v. To cause to swell or expand.
- transitive v. To cause to cohere or form a mass.
- adj. Being large in mass, quantity, or volume: a bulk buy; a bulk mailing.
- bulk up To gain weight by gaining muscle: dietary supplements that helped the weightlifters bulk up.
- idiom in bulk Unpackaged; loose.
- idiom in bulk In large numbers, amounts, or volume.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Size, mass or volume.
- n. The major part of something.
- n. The result of water retained by fibre.
- n. (transport) Unpackaged goods when transported in large volumes, e.g. coal, ore or grain.
- n. a cargo or any items moved or communicated in the manner of cargo.
- n. Excess body mass, especially muscle.
- n. A hypothetical higher-dimensional space within which our own four-dimensional universe may exist.
- adj. being large in size, mass or volume
- v. to be, or appear to be, massive
- v. to grow in size; to swell or expand
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Magnitude of material substance; dimensions; mass; size.
- n. The main mass or body; the largest or principal portion; the majority.
- n. The cargo of a vessel when stowed.
- n. The body.
- intransitive v. To appear or seem to be, as to bulk or extent; to swell.
- n. A projecting part of a building.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A heap.
- n. Magnitude of material substance; whole dimensions in length, breadth, and thickness; size of a material thing: as, an ox or a ship of great bulk.
- n. The gross; the greater part; the main mass or body: as, the bulk of a debt; the bulk of a nation.
- n. The bottom or hold of a ship.
- n. The entire space in a ship's hold for the stowage of goods; hence, that which is stowed; the mass of the cargo: as, to break bulk for unloading.
- n. The breast; the chest; the thorax.
- n. The body of a living creature.
- To increase in bulk; grow large; swell.
- To put or hold in bulk or as a mass; fix the bulk of in place: as, to bulk a cargo.
- To belch.
- n. A partition; a projecting part of a building.
- n. A stall in front of a shop.
- n. A large chest or box.
- To strike; beat.
- To throb.
- n. A pile of tobacco laid up in courses for the purpose of sweating.
- In the tobacco industry, to form into a bulk or bulks; to leave in the state of bulks: used in this sense with down.
- To pile in heaps, as fish for salting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part
- v. cause to bulge or swell outwards
- n. the property of something that is great in magnitude
- n. the property possessed by a large mass
- v. stick out or up
Middle English, perhaps partly alteration of bouk, belly, trunk of the body (from Old English būc) and partly from Old Norse bulki, cargo, heap; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)