- the soft, juicy, edible part of a fruit.
- the pith of the stem of a plant.
- a soft or fleshy part of an animal body.
- Also called dental pulp. the inner substance of the tooth, containing arteries, veins, and lymphatic and nerve tissue that communicate with their respective vascular, lymph, and nerve systems.
- any soft, moist, slightly cohering mass, as that into which linen, wood, etc., are converted in the making of paper.
- a magazine or book printed on rough, low-quality paper made of wood pulp or rags, and usually containing sensational and lurid stories, articles, etc.Compare slick1(def 9).
- ore pulverized and mixed with water.
- dry crushed ore.
- to reduce to pulp.
- to reduce (printed papers, books, etc.) to pulp for use in making new paper.
- to remove the pulp from.
- to become reduced to pulp.
Origin of pulp
Related Words for pulppaste, trash, rubbish, pap, mush, mash, sponge, jam, dough, batter, marrow, poultice, grume, curd, crush, macerate, coagulate, bruise, squash, lurid
Examples from the Web for pulp
Contemporary Examples of pulp
The scene between getaway cab driver Esmeralda Villalobos (Angela Jones) and Butch is one of the oddest in Pulp Fiction.
After watching that scene, you could hardly call the use of heroin in Pulp Fiction romanticized or glamorous.
And that time, his face was pummeled to a pulp by the Governor.Andrew Lincoln Wants Rick to End With Johnny Cash and the Sunset
October 14, 2014
His voice would morph from a melodic baritone to a deep, guttural snarl, grinding notes to a pulp.Future Islands Frontman Samuel T. Herring on Their 11-Year Journey to Letterman and Viral Stardom
April 3, 2014
It's pulp fiction—smart pulp fiction, but pulp fiction all the same.‘Homeland’ Is Finally Back On Track with Season 3’s Penultimate Episode, “Big Man in Tehran”
December 9, 2013
Historical Examples of pulp
The deck of the smack below promised to mash the American into a pulp.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
To-night he said 'I guess I've got you beaten to a pulp,' when I fancy he wasn't guessing at all.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
We could never make it—before we got to the top we'd be cooked to a pulp.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
Heat the pulp with three parts of the soup, mix six yolks of eggs with the remainder of it, and thicken it over the fire.
When cold, mix the pulp of the apple with sugar and lemon peel shred fine, taking as little as possible of the apple juice.
- soft or fleshy plant tissue, such as the succulent part of a fleshy fruit
- a moist mixture of cellulose fibres, as obtained from wood, from which paper is made
- a magazine or book containing trite or sensational material, and usually printed on cheap rough paper
- (as modifier)a pulp novel
- dentistry the soft innermost part of a tooth, containing nerves and blood vessels
- any soft soggy mass or substance
- mining pulverized ore, esp when mixed with water
- to reduce (a material or solid substance) to pulp or (of a material or solid substance) to be reduced to pulp
- (tr) to remove the pulp from (fruit)
Word Origin for pulp
c.1400, "fleshy part of a fruit or plant," from Latin pulpa "animal or plant pulp; pith of wood," earlier *pelpa, perhaps from the same root as pulvis "dust," pollen "fine flour" (see pollen); extended to other similar substances by early 15c. The adjective meaning "sensational" is from pulp magazine (1931), so called from pulp in sense of "type of rough paper used in cheaply made magazines and books" (1727). As a genre name, pulp fiction attested by 1943 (pulp writer "writer of pulp fiction" was in use by 1939). The opposite adjective in reference to magazines was slick.
1660s "reduce to pulp" (implied in pulping), from pulp (n.). As "to remove the pulp from," from 1791. Related: Pulped.
- A soft, moist, shapeless mass of matter.
- Dental pulp.
- The soft, moist part of fruit.
- The soft tissue forming the inner structure of a tooth and containing nerves and blood vessels.
- The soft moist part of a fruit, especially a drupe or pome.
- The soft pith forming the contents of the stem of a plant.