from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A group of things growing close together; a cluster or clump: a bunch of grapes; grass growing in bunches.
- n. A group of like items or individuals gathered or placed together: a bunch of keys on a ring; people standing around in bunches.
- n. Informal A group of people usually having a common interest or association: My brother and his bunch are basketball fanatics.
- n. Informal A considerable number or amount; a lot: a bunch of trouble; a whole bunch of food.
- n. A small lump or swelling; a bump.
- transitive v. To gather or form into a cluster: bunched my fingers into a fist.
- transitive v. To gather together into a group.
- transitive v. To gather (fabric) into folds.
- intransitive v. To form a cluster or group: runners bunching up at the starting line.
- intransitive v. To be gathered together in folds, as fabric.
- intransitive v. To swell; protrude.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A group of a number of similar things, either growing together, or in a cluster or clump. Usually fastened together.
- n. The peloton; the main group of riders formed during a race.
- n. An informal body of friends.
- n. A considerable amount.
- n. An unmentioned amount; a number.
- n. A group of logs tied together for skidding.
- n. (mining) An unusual concentration of ore in a lode or a small, discontinuous occurrence or patch of ore in the wallrock.
- n. The reserve yarn on the filling bobbin to allow continuous weaving between the time of indication from the midget feeler until a new bobbin is put in the shuttle.
- n. An unfinished cigar, before the wrapper leaf is added.
- v. To gather into a bunch.
- v. To gather fabric into folds.
- v. To form a bunch.
- v. To be gathered together in folds
- v. To protrude or swell
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A protuberance; a hunch; a knob or lump; a hump.
- n. A collection, cluster, or tuft, properly of things of the same kind, growing or fastened together.
- n. A small isolated mass of ore, as distinguished from a continuous vein.
- intransitive v. To swell out into a bunch or protuberance; to be protuberant or round.
- transitive v. To form into a bunch or bunches.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A protuberance; a hunch; a knob or lump.
- n. A cluster, collection, or tuft of things of the same kind connected in growth or joined together mechanically: as, a bunch of grapes; a bunch of feathers on a hat.
- n. More generally, a cluster or aggregate of any kind: used specifically of ducks, in the sense of a small flock.
- n. In mining, a small mass of ore. See bunchy, 3, and pocket.
- n. In flax-manuf., three bundles or 180,000 yards of linen yarn.
- n. A unit of tale for osiers, reeds, teazels, and the like, with no general or fixed sense.
- To swell out in a protuberance; be protuberant or round.
- To make a bunch or bunches of; bring together into a bunch or aggregate; concentrate: as, to bunch ballots for distribution; to bunch profits; to bunch the hits in a game of base-ball.
- To beat; strike.
- n. In mining, the expanded portion of a pipe-line; a place where the pipe does not maintain a uniform cross-section, but is expanded.
- In sugar-beet growing, see block, transitive verb, 8.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any collection in its entirety
- v. form into a bunch
- n. an informal body of friends
- n. a grouping of a number of similar things
- v. gather or cause to gather into a cluster
Middle English bonche, probably from Flemish bondje, diminutive of bont, bundle, from Middle Dutch; see bundle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bunche 'hump, swelling', variant of *bunge (compare English dialect bung 'heap, grape bunch'), from Proto-Germanic *bunkōn, *bunkan, *bungōn (“heap, crowd”) (compare West Frisian bonke 'bone, lump, bump', German Bunge 'tuber', Danish bunke 'heap, pile'), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰenǵʰ-, *bʰéng̑ʰus (“thick, dense, fat”) (compare Hittite panku 'total, entire', Tocharian B pkante 'volume, fatness', Lithuanian búožė 'knob', Ancient Greek παχύς (pachýs) 'thick', Sanskrit बहु (bahú) 'thick; much'). (Wiktionary)