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break-bulk

[breyk-buhlk]
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adjective Transportation.
  1. of or relating to packaged cargo, usually manufactured goods, that is marked for individual consignees and has to be loaded and unloaded piece by piece at each point of transfer.Compare bulk1(def 3), containerization.
  2. of or relating to the small, conventional cargo ships designed to hold such cargo.
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Compare containership.

Origin of break-bulk

First recorded in 1615–25
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