verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- unpackaged: Fresh orange juice is shipped from Florida in bulk.
- in large quantities: Those who buy in bulk receive a discount.
Origin of bulk1
Examples from the Web for bulking
Contemporary Examples of bulking
His youthful views seem merely that, youthful, like his habit of drinking milk in hope of bulking up his slight, small frame.David's Book Club: Fellow Travelers
July 22, 2012
Historical Examples of bulking
Ahead the northeast headland of the Isle of Sheppey was bulking large and near.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
She fell to the ground, toppling sidewise, and bulking large.The Poor Little Rich Girl
Two rows of hills, shadowy, bulking in the darkness, stretched ahead on either side and the canyon lay between.The Radio Boys on Secret Service Duty
We like to see our friend moving across the scene he describes, but we dont want to see him bulking large in his own landscape.The Joys of Being a Woman
A considerable number of the company were now employed in curing or bulking the late catch of pilchards.Michael Penguyne
William H. G. Kingston
- the thickness of a number of sheets of paper or cardboard
- the thickness of a book excluding its covers
- in large quantities
- (of a cargo, etc) unpackaged
Word Origin for bulk
mid-15c., "a heap," earlier "ship's cargo" (mid-14c.), from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse bulki "a heap; ship's cargo," thus "goods loaded loose" (perhaps literally "rolled-up load"), from Proto-Germanic *bul-, from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).
Meaning extended by confusion with obsolete bouk "belly" (from Old English buc "body, belly," from Proto-Germanic *bukaz; see bucket), which led to sense of "size," first attested mid-15c.
"swell, become more massive," 1550s (usually with up), from bulk (n.). Related: Bulked; bulking.
see in bulk.