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a unit of dry measure containing 4 pecks, equivalent in the U.S. (and formerly in England) to 2150.42 cubic inches or 35.24 liters (Winchester bushel) and in Great Britain to 2219.36 cubic inches or 36.38 liters (Imperial bushel)
Abbreviation: bu., bush.
a container of this capacity.
a unit of weight equal to the weight of a bushel of a given commodity.
a large, unspecified amount or number:
a bushel of kisses.
to alter or repair (a garment).
Contemporary Examples

Will Food Prices Jump After the Heat Wave? Matthew Zeitlin August 10, 2012
‘Aphrodite and the Gods of Love’: Museum Exhibit Gets Visitors in the Mood for Valentine’s Day Lizzie Crocker February 11, 2012
A California Tavern With an Artichoke Obsession Jane & Michael Stern May 31, 2014

Historical Examples

Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
One Day’s Courtship Robert Barr
History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia Charles Campbell
The Lady’s Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory; Charlotte Campbell Bury
From One Generation to Another Henry Seton Merriman
Cap’n Warren’s Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
The Romance of War Inventions Thomas W. Corbin

a Brit unit of dry or liquid measure equal to 8 Imperial gallons. 1 Imperial bushel is equivalent to 0.036 37 cubic metres
a US unit of dry measure equal to 64 US pints. 1 US bushel is equivalent to 0.035 24 cubic metres
a container with a capacity equal to either of these quantities
(US, informal) a large amount; great deal
hide one’s light under a bushel, to conceal one’s abilities or good qualities
verb -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
(transitive) (US) to alter or mend (a garment)
see: hide one’s light under a bushel


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