Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A dry measure, containing 8 gallons or 4 pecks.
  • noun A vessel of the capacity of a bushel.
  • noun An indefinitely large quantity. [Colloq.]
  • noun Same as bush, 2. [U. S.]
  • To mend, as a man's garment; repair men's garments.

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

  • verb (Tailoring), United States To mend or repair, as men's garments; to repair garments.
  • noun A dry measure, containing four pecks, eight gallons, or thirty-two quarts.
  • noun A vessel of the capacity of a bushel, used in measuring; a bushel measure.
  • noun A quantity that fills a bushel measure.
  • noun colloq. A large indefinite quantity.
  • noun The iron lining in the nave of a wheel. [Eng.] In the United States it is called a box. See 4th Bush.

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

  • noun A dry measure, containing four pecks, eight gallons (36.4 L), or thirty-two quarts.
  • noun A vessel of the capacity of a bushel, used in measuring; a bushel measure.
  • noun A quantity that fills a bushel measure; as, a heap containing ten bushels of apples.
  • noun colloquial A large indefinite quantity.

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

  • noun a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 pecks
  • noun a United States dry measure equal to 4 pecks or 2152.42 cubic inches
  • verb restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French boissel (compare French boisseau), from boisse ("grain measure"), of Gaulish origin.

Examples

  • After hoistin 'bushel baskets of tomatoes onto a wagon, this feels light to me.

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  • After hoistin 'bushel baskets of tomatoes onto a wagon, this feels light to me.

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  • Latitude does not altogether govern the climate in Canada, when you find wheat of good quality, 62 lb. to the bushel, is grown at Fort Simpson in latitude 62.

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  • These were now there, in all their sail variety, in that half-barrel, or call it bushel, which loomed a hogshead in my view, when my chief left it to file.

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  • Traders said $6.90 a bushel was a key price level, and once it was breached, a large number of pre-placed sell orders were triggered.

    Corn, Wheat Slide As Investment Funds Sell

  • Then again, if you were a devotee of the margins of Pee Chee folders of my own youth, you would have seen all of the notations on unit conversions that used to be there and would vaguely remember that a bushel was a dry volume measurement for dry goods that didn't translate well into units like feet or inches.

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  • Even though soybean production is increasing, the USDA said it expects the average price of the 2008 soybean crop to hit $12.25 a bushel, give or take 75 cents a bushel, which is up 21% from the 2007 soybean crop's average price of $10.15 a bushel.

    Bumper Harvests Not Enough to Ease Food Costs

  • Nearby March futures rose 20 cents a bushel, which is the exchange-imposed daily allowable trading limit, settling at $4.95.

    Grains Rally, Gold Ends Near $900

  • Nearby March futures rose 20 cents a bushel, which is the exchange-imposed daily allowable trading limit, settling at $4.95.

    U.S. crop reports lift grains

  • The best way to keep tares out of a bushel is to fill it with wheat. the flesh -- the natural man, out of which flow the evils specified (Ga

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