a coefficient of elasticity of a substance, expressing the ratio between a pressure that acts to change the volume of the substance and the fractional change in volume produced.
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Origin of bulk modulus
First recorded in 1905–10
Words nearby bulk modulus
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British Dictionary definitions for bulk modulus
a coefficient of elasticity of a substance equal to minus the ratio of the applied stress (p) to the resulting fractional change in volume (d V/V) in a specified reference state (d V/V is the bulk strain)Symbol: K
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Scientific definitions for bulk modulus
[ bŭlk ]
See under modulus of elasticity.
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