- a unit of dry measure containing 4 pecks, equivalent in the U.S. (and formerly in England) to 2150.42 cubic inches or 35.24 liters (Winchester bushel), and in Great Britain to 2219.36 cubic inches or 36.38 liters (Imperial bushel). Abbreviation: bu., bush.
- a container of this capacity.
- a unit of weight equal to the weight of a bushel of a given commodity.
- a large, unspecified amount or number: a bushel of kisses.
Origin of bushel1
- to alter or repair (a garment).
Origin of bushel2
Examples from the Web for bushel
Duarte asks, referring to a bushel of fruits just brought in from the backyard orchard.A California Tavern With an Artichoke Obsession
Jane & Michael Stern
June 1, 2014
The report projected soybean prices to be between $15 and $17 a bushel, up $2.Will Food Prices Jump After the Heat Wave?
August 11, 2012
Pulling back his cloak, he shows off his giant phallus bearing forth a bushel of fruit.‘Aphrodite and the Gods of Love’: Museum Exhibit Gets Visitors in the Mood for Valentine's Day
February 12, 2012
I hid not my light under a bushel, she would say that for me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Here's the ha'-bushel basket, an' some paper to put between 'em.Tiverton Tales
There isn't a bushel of wheat in the country that isn't in the combination.One Day's Courtship
There was a time when the farmer sold his corn for a dollar a bushel.The Railroad Question
A bushel of flour is about the quantity required for the paste.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
- a Brit unit of dry or liquid measure equal to 8 Imperial gallons. 1 Imperial bushel is equivalent to 0.036 37 cubic metres
- a US unit of dry measure equal to 64 US pints. 1 US bushel is equivalent to 0.035 24 cubic metres
- a container with a capacity equal to either of these quantities
- US informal a large amount; great deal
- hide one's light under a bushel to conceal one's abilities or good qualities
- (tr) US to alter or mend (a garment)
Word Origin and History for bushel
early 14c., measure of capacity containing four pecks or eight gallons, from Old French boissel "bushel" (13c., Modern French boisseau), probably from boisse, a grain measure based on Gallo-Romance *bostia "handful," from Gaulish *bosta "palm of the hand" (cf. Irish bass, Breton boz "the hollow of the hand"). The exact measure varied from place to place and according to commodity, and since late 14c. it has been used loosely to mean "a large quantity or number."