magnitude in three dimensions:
a ship of great bulk.
the greater part; main mass or body:
The bulk of the debt was paid.
goods or cargo not in packages or boxes, usually transported in large volume, as grain, coal, or petroleum.
fiber (def 9).
(of paper, cardboard, yarn, etc.) thickness, especially in relation to weight.
the body of a living creature.
bulk mail.
being or traded in bulk:
bulk grain.
to increase in size; expand; swell.
to be of or give the appearance of great weight, size, or importance:
The problem bulks large in his mind.
(of paper, cardboard, yarn, etc.) to be of or to acquire a specific thickness, especially in relation to weight.
to gather, form, or mix into a cohesive or uniform mass.
to cause to swell, grow, or increase in weight or thickness.
to gather, bring together, or mix.
bulk up, to increase the bulk of, especially by increasing the thickness of:
Adding four chapters will bulk up the book.
in bulk,

Fresh orange juice is shipped from Florida in bulk.
in large quantities:
Those who buy in bulk receive a discount.

a structure, as a stall, projecting from the front of a building.
Contemporary Examples

The Myth of Wikipedia Democracy Nicholas Ciarelli November 27, 2009
Law Schools Fudge Numbers, Disregard Ethics to Increase Their Ranking Brian Z. Tamanaha June 16, 2012
Whole Foods’ Anti-GMO Swindle Michael Schulson September 14, 2014
Ten Years On, Facebook Has Changed Politics Kristen Soltis Anderson February 3, 2014
Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor: Three Warrants a Year Per Household Michael Daly August 21, 2014

Historical Examples

The Land of Contrasts James Fullarton Muirhead
Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II Various
The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1 Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa

volume, size, or magnitude, esp when great
the main part: the bulk of the work is repetitious
a large body, esp of a person: he eased his bulk out of the chair
the part of food which passes unabsorbed through the digestive system: he eased his bulk out of the chair
unpackaged cargo or goods
a ship’s cargo or hold

the thickness of a number of sheets of paper or cardboard
the thickness of a book excluding its covers

(pl) copies of newspapers sold in bulk at a discounted price to hotels, airlines, etc which issue them free to their customers
in bulk

in large quantities
(of a cargo, etc) unpackaged

to cohere or cause to cohere in a mass
to place, hold, or transport (several cargoes of goods) in bulk
bulk large, to be or seem important or prominent: the problem bulked large in his mind
see: in bulk


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