Bulk (?), n. [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.]


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. Bacon.


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." J. Morley.

3. Naut.

The cargo of a vessel when stowed.


The body.



My liver leaped within my bulk. Turbervile.

Barrel bulk. See under Barrel. -- To break bulk Naut., to begin to unload or more the cargo. -- In bulk, in a mass; loose; not inclosed in separate packages or divided into separate parts; in such shape that any desired quantity may be taken or sold. -- Laden in bulk, Stowed in bulk, having the cargo loose in the hold or not inclosed in boxes, bales, or casks. -- Sale by bulk, a sale of goods as they are, without weight or measure.

Syn. -- Size; magnitude; dimension; volume; bigness; largeness; massiveness.


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Bulk (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bulked (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Bulking.]

To appear or seem to be, as to bulk or extent; to swell.

The fame of Warburton possibly bulked larger for the moment. Leslie Stephen.


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Bulk, n. [Icel. balkr a beam, partition. Cf. Balk, n. & v.]

A projecting part of a building.


Here, stand behind this bulk. Shak.


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