bunch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bunch gather or cause to gather into a cluster "She bunched her fingers into a fist"
    • v bunch form into a bunch "The frightened children bunched together in the corner of the classroom"
    • n bunch any collection in its entirety "she bought the whole caboodle"
    • n bunch a grouping of a number of similar things "a bunch of trees","a cluster of admirers"
    • n bunch an informal body of friends "he still hangs out with the same crowd"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first African-American to receive a Nobel Peace Prize was Ralph J. Bunche in 1950
    • Bunch A collection, cluster, or tuft, properly of things of the same kind, growing or fastened together; as, a bunch of grapes; a bunch of keys.
    • Bunch A protuberance; a hunch; a knob or lump; a hump. "They will carry . . . their treasures upon the bunches of camels."
    • Bunch (Mining) A small isolated mass of ore, as distinguished from a continuous vein.
    • v. t Bunch To form into a bunch or bunches.
    • v. i Bunch To swell out into a bunch or protuberance; to be protuberant or round. "Bunching out into a large round knob at one end."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Average number of eggs laid by the female American Oyster per year: 500 million. Usually only one oyster out of the bunch reaches maturity.
    • n bunch A protuberance; a hunch; a knob or lump.
    • n bunch 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 bunch More generally, a cluster or aggregate of any kind: used specifically of ducks, in the sense of a small flock.
    • n bunch In mining, a small mass of ore. See bunchy, 3, and pocket.
    • n bunch In flax-manuf., three bundles or 180,000 yards of linen yarn.
    • n bunch A unit of tale for osiers, reeds, teazels, and the like, with no general or fixed sense.
    • bunch To swell out in a protuberance; be protuberant or round.
    • bunch 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.
    • bunch To beat; strike.
    • n bunch In mining, the expanded portion of a pipe-line; a place where the pipe does not maintain a uniform cross-section, but is expanded.
    • bunch In sugar-beet growing, see block, transitive verb, 8.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Producer Paul Maslansky was on the set of The Right Stuff when a bus from the local police academy rolled up. After a bunch of freaks walked off, a sergeant explained that the mayor had forced the department to loosen its acceptance standards. Not too long afterwards, Police Academy hit the theaters.
    • n Bunch bunsh a number of things tied together or growing together: a definite quantity fastened together, as of linen yarn (180,000 yards), &c.: a cluster: something in the form of a tuft or knot
    • v.i Bunch to swell out in a bunch
    • v.t Bunch to make a bunch of, to concentrate
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Quotations

  • R A Dickson
    R A Dickson
    “Love your enemies just in case your friends turn out to be a bunch of bastards.”
  • Dale Earnhardt
    Dale Earnhardt
    “You can't let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones.”
  • Liam Gallagher
    Liam Gallagher
    “Americans want grungy people, stabbing themselves in the head on stage. They get a bright bunch like us, with deodorant on, they don't get it.”
  • Steve Martin
    Steve Martin
    “I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.”
  • Frank Zappa
    Frank Zappa
    “Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.”
  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “We're sleeping and there's a bunch of creepy old dudes molesting us.”

Idioms

Best of a bad bunch - The best that could be obtained from a list of options that were not exactly what was required.
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Get your feathers in a bunch - If you get your feathers in a bunch, you get upset or angry about something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to OSw. & Dan. bunke, heap, Icel. bunki, heap, pile, bunga, tumor, protuberance; cf. W. pwng, cluster. Cf. Bunk

Usage

In literature:

But beautiful bunches of ripe bananas were growing on it from a large stalk.
"The Wonders of the Jungle" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
If you tackle him again, you'll have the whole bunch at you.
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
The Bunch was a sort of family.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
The two herders and the camp tender had each rounded up a smaller bunch.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
When the bunch lined up the next morning in police court there was Judge Scroggs.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
You're giving Sparkfair's bunch everything!
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
The Ericsons, take the lot of them, are a bunch to beat.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Why, was you tryin' to hatch out that bunch of money?
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Say, look here, you hazers: You're a bunch of muts!
"Radio Boys Loyalty" by Wayne Whipple
Note that the needles are in little bunches.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
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In poetry:

Reining in the flying creature
With its arms about her mouth;
Bursting all its mellowing bunches
To seduce her husky drouth;
"Daphne" by George Meredith
One must go forward with the living
Reach for new life, instead
Of placing a bunch of wasted laurels
Stubbornly on one’s head.
"Pointless Your Morning" by Adam Asnyk
His brother is a lazy lout,--
His sister's nooan too gooid,--
Ther's net a daycent 'en ith' bunch,--
Vice seems to run ith' blooid.
"Latter Wit" by John Hartley
What d'ye meän,
When I've a-brought ye such a bunch
O' theäse nice ginger-nuts to crunch?
An' here, John, here! you teäke a vew.
"Eclogue:--John, Jealous At Shroton Feäir" by William Barnes
O wha's the bride that cairries the bunch
O' thistles blinterin white?
Her cuckold bridegroom little dreids
What he sail ken this nicht.
"O Wha’s Been Here Afore Me, Lass" by Hugh MacDiarmid
But at last we waded nae farrer up,
But set wee Jeanie her lane,
Wi' a bunch o' primroses in her han',
On the tap o' the deil's big stane."
"The Deil's Stane" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Photographers are an opinionated bunch, and when it comes to photos, there are myriad disagreements.
1 bunch seedless red grapes.
Bird Beaches and Mangrove Creeks of Bunche Beach and San Carlos Bay Kayak Tour from 10 am to 2 pm A protected wild area of shallow waters, lots of birds and a variety of other creatures, including dolphin and manatee.
A bunch of kids were frolicking in the grass outside the leftfield players' entrance to the ballpark.
Thanks to new beauty products, attitudes and lifestyles, Gen X women are a youthful bunch.
Tasha Ann Goforth to wed Keith Adrian Bunch.
Tasha Ann Goforth and Keith Adrian Bunch, both of Calhoun, announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.
But by connecting directly with their fans, they're also inheriting a whole bunch of headaches.
Yup, according to a survey by Munch Bunch children's books, 17 percent of parents have bribed their kids to go to bed .
Levi Strauss probably didn't have crunchy leaf hikes, date nights, or monkey bar maneuvers in mind when he first crafted durable workpants for a bunch of burly gold miners in 1850.
What a bunch of Goobers .
Just imagine the number of plastic eggs I could amass competing against a bunch of 4- and 5-year-olds.
Hang on Folks got a bunch to get too.
A few weeks before Thanksgiving, I usually buy a bunch of striped gourds , which are affordable, and you can arrange them in various places, where you want them to be, so you can see the person sitting across from you.
Gallagher Let Me Smash a Bunch of Shit Onstage Once.
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In science:

The model has a bunch of U(1) fields eµ and the nontriviality comes from the last ”mass” term which mixes different gauge fields.
A note on topological brane theories
The emitted photons bunch the electron beam.
Influence of guiding magnetic field on emission of stimulated photons in generators utilizing periodic slow-wave structures
This bunching leads to greater emission, which leads to more bunching.
Influence of guiding magnetic field on emission of stimulated photons in generators utilizing periodic slow-wave structures
Bunch of leaves: A bunch of leaves is a maximal family of leaves with the same first vertex.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
Else select one leaf in every bunch of leaves.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
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