bulk

Don’t be intimidated by the bulk of the dictionary on your desk. If you look in it, you’ll see that bulk is a small word used to talk about large things.

Bulk has a variety of meanings that all involve something large, like the bulk of a ship in the harbor, or the excess bulk of your overweight cat. Bulk can also mean “majority,” as when the bulk of your diet is tater tots and guacamole. You can expect to put on a lot of bulk if you eat like that.

Definitions of bulk
1

n the property possessed by a large mass

Type of:
mass
the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field

n the property of something that is great in magnitude

“it is cheaper to buy it in bulk
Synonyms:
mass, volume
Types:
dollar volume, turnover
the volume measured in dollars
Type of:
magnitude
the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)

n the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part

“the bulk of the work is finished”
Synonyms:
majority
Antonyms:
minority
being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts
Type of:
figure, number
the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals

v stick out or up

“The parcel bulked in the sack”
Type of:
bulge, pouch, protrude
swell or protrude outwards

v cause to bulge or swell outwards

Synonyms:
bulge
Type of:
swell
cause to become swollen

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