Definition of bulk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bʌlk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌlk//
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  1. 1[singular] the bulk (of something) the main part of something; most of something The bulk of the population lives in cities.
  2. 2[uncountable] the (large) size or quantity of something Despite its bulk and weight, the car is extremely fast. a bulk order (= one for a large number of similar items) bulk buying (= buying in large amounts, often at a reduced price) It's cheaper to buy in bulk.
  3. 3[singular] the weight or shape of somebody/something large She heaved her bulk out of the chair.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: the senses ‘cargo as a whole’ and ‘heap, large quantity’ (the earliest recorded) are probably from Old Norse búlki ‘cargo’; other senses arose perhaps by alteration of obsolete bouk ‘belly, body’.Extra examples I was amazed by the sheer bulk of the creature. It’s usually cheaper to buy in bulk. Sugar is imported in bulk from the mainland. The great bulk of the work has now been done. bulk mailing rates A charge of £2.50 per copy is made for bulk orders. the looming dark bulk of the cathedral
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