Meaning of BULK in English

BULK

/ bʌlk; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

[ sing. ] the ~ (of sth) the main part of sth; most of sth :

The bulk of the population lives in cities.

2.

[ U ] the (large) size or quantity of sth :

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.

[ sing. ] the weight or shape of sb/sth large :

She heaved her bulk out of the chair.

■ verb

[ v ]

IDIOMS

- bulk large

PHRASAL VERBS

- bulk sth out / up

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle 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 .

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