AskDefine | Define bulk

Dictionary Definition



1 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" [syn: majority] [ant: minority]
2 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" [syn: mass, volume]
3 the property possessed by a large mass


1 stick out or up; "The parcel bulked in the sack"
2 cause to bulge or swell outwards [syn: bulge]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /bʌlk/, /bVlk/


From bulki.


  1. size, mass or volume
  2. the major part of something
  3. (in food) fibre
  4. a ship's cargo
  5. : excess body mass, especially muscle
  6. In brane cosmology, a hypothetical higher-dimensional space within which our own four-dimensional universe may exist.


size, mass or volume (1)
the major part of something (2)
fibre (3)


  1. being large in size, mass or volume



  1. to be, or appear to be, massive
  2. to grow in size; to swell or expand

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Bulk can refer to:
bulk in Danish: Bulk
bulk in German: Bulk
bulk in Japanese: バルク
bulk in Finnish: Bulk
bulk in Swedish: Bulk

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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