Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A group of objects held together, as by tying or wrapping.
  • noun Something wrapped or tied up for carrying; a package.
  • noun Biology A cluster or strand of closely bound muscle or nerve fibers.
  • noun Botany A vascular bundle.
  • noun A large amount; a lot.
  • noun A large sum of money.
  • intransitive verb To tie, wrap, or gather together.
  • intransitive verb To dispatch or dispense of quickly and with little fuss; hustle.
  • intransitive verb To dress (a person) warmly.
  • intransitive verb To hurry; hasten.
  • intransitive verb To sleep in the same bed while fully clothed, a custom formerly practiced by engaged couples in New England and in Wales.
  • idiom (bundle of joy) A baby.
  • idiom (bundle of nerves) An extremely nervous person.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To tie or bind in a bundle or roll: often followed by up: as, to bundle up clothes.
  • To place or dispose of in a hurried, unceremonious manner.
  • To depart in a hurry or unceremoniously: often with off.
  • In New England (in early times) and in Wales, to sleep in the same bed without undressing: applied to the custom of men and women, especially sweethearts, thus sleeping.
  • noun A number of things bound together; anything bound or rolled into a convenient form for conveyance or handling; a package; a roll: as, a bundle of lace; a bundle of hay.
  • noun Hence A group or a number of things having some common characteristic which leads to their being held and transferred in the same ownership.
  • noun In botany, a fascicular aggregation of one or more elementary tissues traversing other tissues.
  • noun In paper-making, two reams of printing-paper or brown paper: established by a statute of George I.
  • noun In spinning, twenty hanks or 6,000 yards of linen yarn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A number of things bound together, as by a cord or envelope, into a mass or package convenient for handling or conveyance; a loose package; a roll.
  • noun (Arch.) a column or pier, with others of small dimensions attached to it.
  • transitive verb To tie or bind in a bundle or roll.
  • transitive verb To send off abruptly or without ceremony.
  • transitive verb to sell together as a single item at one inclusive price; -- usually done for related products which work or are used together.
  • transitive verb to send off in a hurry, or without ceremony.
  • transitive verb to wrap one's self up warmly or cumbrously.
  • intransitive verb To prepare for departure; to set off in a hurry or without ceremony.
  • intransitive verb To sleep on the same bed without undressing; -- applied to the custom of a man and woman, especially lovers, thus sleeping.
  • intransitive verb to dress warmly, snugly, or cumbrously.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A group of objects held together by wrapping or tying.
  • noun A package wrapped or tied up for carrying.
  • noun biology A cluster of closely bound muscle or nerve fibres.
  • noun informal A large amount, especially of money.
  • noun computing A directory containing related resources such as source code; application bundle.
  • verb To tie or wrap together.
  • verb To hustle; to dispatch something or someone quickly.
  • verb intransitive To prepare for departure; to set off in a hurry or without ceremony.
  • verb transitive To dress someone warmly.
  • verb intransitive To dress warmly. Usually bundle up
  • verb computing To sell hardware and software as a single product.
  • verb intransitive To hurry.
  • verb slang To dogpile
  • verb transitive To hastily or clumsily push, put, carry or otherwise send something into a particular place.
  • verb dated, intransitive To sleep on the same bed without undressing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English bundel, probably from Middle Dutch bondel; see bhendh- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle Dutch bondel or Old English byndele. Compare bindle.

Examples

  • WHITFIELD: And somehow the term bundle of joy, I don't know, that doesn't come like trickling off the tongue there.

    CNN Transcript Sep 29, 2007

  • Some advice: Next time, substitute the phrase "bundle of joy" for "problems."

    NY Daily News

  • Some advice: Next time, substitute the phrase "bundle of joy" for "problems."

    NY Daily News

  • Some advice: Next time, substitute the phrase "bundle of joy" for "problems."

    NY Daily News

  • Some advice: Next time, substitute the phrase "bundle of joy" for "problems."

    NY Daily News

  • Because they being the workmanship of the understanding, pursuing only its own ends, and the conveniency of expressing in short those ideas it would make known to another, it does with great liberty unite often into one abstract idea things that, in their nature, have no coherence; and so under one term bundle together a great variety of compounded and decompounded ideas.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • A 2GB bundle costs $24.99, and a 6GB bundle is $44.99.

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  • Quinn: But breaking the encryption on the bundle is what concerns us.

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  • Once a district subscribes and the bundle is deployed, all staff and students may access the resources at school and at home.

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  • Meanwhile, many of them are set to make a bundle from the disastrous legislation they ram through.

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