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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

  • 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.
  • In sugar-beet growing, see block, transitive verb, 8.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

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