the process of making pulp, especially from wood, for use in the manufacture of paper, cardboard, etc.


of or involved in the making of pulp: pulping facilities.

Nearby words

  1. pulp stone,
  2. pulp test,
  3. pulpboard,
  4. pulpectomy,
  5. pulpifaction,
  6. pulpit,
  7. pulpiteer,
  8. pulpiter,
  9. pulpitis,
  10. pulpitum

Origin of pulping

First recorded in 1655–65; pulp + -ing1




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).
  1. ore pulverized and mixed with water.
  2. dry crushed ore.

verb (used with object)

to reduce to pulp.
to reduce (printed papers, books, etc.) to pulp for use in making new paper.
to remove the pulp from.

verb (used without object)

to become reduced to pulp.

Origin of pulp

1555–65; earlier pulpe < Latin pulpa flesh, pulp of fruit

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British Dictionary definitions for pulping



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
  1. a magazine or book containing trite or sensational material, and usually printed on cheap rough paper
  2. (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)
Derived Formspulper, noun

Word Origin for pulp

C16: from Latin pulpa

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Word Origin and History for pulping
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Medicine definitions for pulping




A soft, moist, shapeless mass of matter.
Dental pulp.
The soft, moist part of fruit.
Related formspulpous (pŭlpəs) null adj.

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Science definitions for pulping



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.
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Culture definitions for pulping


The soft tissue, containing blood vessels and nerves, that makes up the interior of the tooth.

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