• WordNet 3.6
    • v bulk cause to bulge or swell outwards
    • v bulk stick out or up "The parcel bulked in the sack"
    • n bulk the property possessed by a large mass
    • n bulk the property of something that is great in magnitude "it is cheaper to buy it in bulk","he received a mass of correspondence","the volume of exports"
    • n bulk the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part "the majority of his customers prefer it","the bulk of the work is finished"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To bulk up, rikishi eat huge portions of protein-rich stews called chankonabe, packed with fish or meat and vegetables, plus vast quantities of less healthful foods, including fast food. They often force themselves to eat when they are full, and they have a nap after lunch, thus acquiring flab on top of their strong muscles, which helps to keep their center of gravity low.
    • n Bulk A projecting part of a building. "Here, stand behind this bulk ."
    • Bulk Magnitude of material substance; dimensions; mass; size; as, an ox or ship of great bulk . "Against these forces there were prepared near one hundred ships; not so great of bulk indeed, but of a more nimble motion, and more serviceable."
    • Bulk The body. "My liver leaped within my bulk .""Exposed in cuerpo to their rage."
    • Bulk (Naut) The cargo of a vessel when stowed.
    • Bulk The main mass or body; the largest or principal portion; the majority; as, the bulk of a debt. "The bulk of the people must labor, Burke told them, “to obtain what by labor can be obtained.”"
    • v. i Bulk To appear or seem to be, as to bulk or extent; to swell. "The fame of Warburton possibly bulked larger for the moment."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bulk A heap.
    • n bulk Magnitude of material substance; whole dimensions in length, breadth, and thickness; size of a material thing: as, an ox or a ship of great bulk.
    • n bulk The gross; the greater part; the main mass or body: as, the bulk of a debt; the bulk of a nation.
    • n bulk The bottom or hold of a ship.
    • n bulk The entire space in a ship's hold for the stowage of goods; hence, that which is stowed; the mass of the cargo: as, to break bulk for unloading.
    • n bulk The breast; the chest; the thorax.
    • n bulk The body of a living creature.
    • bulk To increase in bulk; grow large; swell.
    • bulk To put or hold in bulk or as a mass; fix the bulk of in place: as, to bulk a cargo.
    • bulk To belch.
    • n bulk A partition; a projecting part of a building.
    • n bulk A stall in front of a shop.
    • n bulk A large chest or box.
    • bulk To strike; beat.
    • bulk To throb.
    • n bulk A pile of tobacco laid up in courses for the purpose of sweating.
    • bulk In the tobacco industry, to form into a bulk or bulks; to leave in the state of bulks: used in this sense with down.
    • bulk To pile in heaps, as fish for salting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bulk bulk a stall or framework built in front of a shop
    • n Bulk bulk magnitude or size: the greater part: any huge body or structure: the whole cargo in the hold of a ship
    • v.i Bulk to be in bulk: to be of weight or importance
    • v.t Bulk to put or hold in bulk
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  • Walt Whitman
    “Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people.”
  • Mark Twain
    “There is no such thing as the Queen's English. The property has gone into the hands of a joint stock company and we own the bulk of the shares!”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bulke, bolke, heap; cf. Dan. bulk, lump, clod, OSw. bolk, crowd, mass, Icel. blkast, to be bulky. Cf. Boll (n.) Bile a boil, Bulge (n.)


In literature:

These three kinds gave us the bulk of the crop.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Kars bulked large in the light of the lamp.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
There was a growl, and a white bulk rushed him.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
You do not seem to think, after all, that mere bulk or weight adds anything to the value of the manure.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
There is no regular organization of the brokers operating here, though these men control the bulk of the sales made in the street.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
The dragon had risen, hovering now in the water directly before the entrance to Ross's hole, its neck curled back against its bulk.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
The bulk of the Mecca garrison were at this time at Taif.
"With the British Army in The Holy Land" by Henry Osmond Lock
A single, glistening tube, of enormous bulk, a mile in length, a thousand feet in diameter.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
The bulk of Wynkyn de Worde's books to the day of his death were printed with these types.
"A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898" by Henry R. Plomer
The bulk of it can be blamed on unsound land use.
"The Nation's River" by United States Department of the Interior

In poetry:

More mild than sanguinary man,
Whose servant thou hast prov'd,
Oft in his frantic battle's van
Thy bulk has stood unmoved:
"The Elephant" by William Hayley
And when ten million such were slain
To please one crazy king,
Man, schooled in bulk by fear and pain,
Grew weary of the thing;
"The Benefactors" by Rudyard Kipling
Profounds of fire whose maelstroms froth
To gathered armies of offense;
Cohorts unweariable, immense,
And bulks wherewith the Dark is wroth;
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Athwart a sky of brass rich ribs of gold;
A bullion bulk the wide Ohio lies;
Beneath the sunset, billowing manifold,
The purple hill-tops rise.
"Along The Ohio" by Madison Julius Cawein
"The builder's art
Has proved each part
Throughout her breadth and length;
Deep in the hulk,
Of her mighty bulk,
Ten thousand Titans' strength."
"The Word Of An Engineer" by James Weldon Johnson
You'd see the last new song of all
Nail'd with four tacks against the wall.
Nay, the whole length of Chevy Chase
Found in his little bulk a place.
"The Cobbler" by William Hutton

In news:

City bans bulk land-bank sales after lopsided deal with not-for-profit .
Global Oceanic Carriers Acquires Bulk Carrier.
Global Oceanic Carriers Limited, a global provider of marine transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announces today that the company has entered into an agreement to purchase a Handymax vessel charter-free for $37m.
Bulk of IG office's staff likely to be laid off, reassigned.
The collision between USS Porter (DDG 78) and the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan occurred at approximately 1:00 am local time.
The bulk of CIOs in an Ovum survey said they expect their budgets to remain flat after the recession-ravaged 2009.
Although Jake Gyllenhaal is getting a lot of lusty looks for his bulked up "Prince of Persia " body, he reveals that it was actually his appearance in 2005's "Jarhead" that garnered the most attention from the fairer sex.
The actor, noticeably bulked up and sporting bulging muscles and a warrior-length hairdo, is a sword-wielding hero in Prince of Persia .
"Whether it is bulk petrochemicals or specialties we seek a technological advantage over competitors," Schlanger says.
Wegmans is recalling Turkish Pine Nut s sold in the Bulk Foods Department between July 1 and October 18, 2011, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
This emerging category of hybrids delivers DSLR-grade images sans the DLSR-grade bulk.
WHEN Thomas Dirmyer spoke at last year's Intermodal Bulk Liquid Symposium, he addressed the economic uncertainty and predicted a difficult environment for 2011.
These pollinators take a variety of forms — from hummingbirds to bats to lemurs — but the bulk of them are insects.
The most detailed data yet on emissions of heat-trapping gases show that US power plants are responsible for the bulk of the pollution blamed for global warming.

In science:

The bulk of the section will be devoted to the estimates of moments presented in Proposition 1.6.2.
Random unitaries in non-commutative tori, and an asymptotic model for q-circular systems
Recently this conjecture was proven for unitary invariant ensembles (2.13) in the bulk of the spectrum ([PS], [BI], [DKMLVZ], [De]) and for some classes of Wigner matrices in the bulk of the spectrum [Jo4] and at the edge [So4].
Determinantal random point fields
Second, the eigenvalues may originate from the bulk of the Dirac spectrum.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
This implies that the origin, λ = 0, is a special point of the spectrum and that we have to consider the Rk separately in the bulk of the spectrum and near λ = 0.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The bulk of the spectrum is the middle region, far from either edge.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD