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pulping

[puhl-ping]
noun
  1. the process of making pulp, especially from wood, for use in the manufacture of paper, cardboard, etc.
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adjective
  1. of or involved in the making of pulp: pulping facilities.
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Origin of pulping

First recorded in 1655–65; pulp + -ing1

pulp

[puhlp]
noun
  1. the soft, juicy, edible part of a fruit.
  2. the pith of the stem of a plant.
  3. a soft or fleshy part of an animal body.
  4. 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.
  5. any soft, moist, slightly cohering mass, as that into which linen, wood, etc., are converted in the making of paper.
  6. 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).
  7. Mining.
    1. ore pulverized and mixed with water.
    2. dry crushed ore.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to reduce to pulp.
  2. to reduce (printed papers, books, etc.) to pulp for use in making new paper.
  3. to remove the pulp from.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become reduced to pulp.
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Origin of pulp

1555–65; earlier pulpe < Latin pulpa flesh, pulp of fruit
Related formspulp·er, nounpulp·less, adjectivepulp·like, adjectivede·pulp, verb (used with object)un·pulped, adjective
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Related Words for pulping

paste, trash, rubbish, pap, mush, mash, sponge, jam, dough, batter, marrow, poultice, grume, curd, crush, macerate, coagulate, bruise, squash, lurid

Examples from the Web for pulping

Historical Examples of pulping

  • Improvements have also been made in pulping and milling facilities.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • The process above described is the old method of pulping the potatoes by using steam.

  • In return, they taught him to milk, and let him do little jobs—chopping hay or pulping turnips—just as much as he liked.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • The process of pulping is simplicity itself; the trees are felled in the forests on the hillsides close by, and sawn into blocks.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Norway

    A.F. Mockler-Ferryman

  • The materials are thoroughly washed and treated with lime and soda before and after pulping.

    Tobacco Leaves

    W. A. Brennan


British Dictionary definitions for pulping

pulp

noun
  1. soft or fleshy plant tissue, such as the succulent part of a fleshy fruit
  2. 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
  3. dentistry the soft innermost part of a tooth, containing nerves and blood vessels
  4. any soft soggy mass or substance
  5. mining pulverized ore, esp when mixed with water
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verb
  1. to reduce (a material or solid substance) to pulp or (of a material or solid substance) to be reduced to pulp
  2. (tr) to remove the pulp from (fruit)
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Derived Formspulper, noun

Word Origin for pulp

C16: from Latin pulpa
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Word Origin and History for pulping

pulp

n.

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.

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pulp

v.

1660s "reduce to pulp" (implied in pulping), from pulp (n.). As "to remove the pulp from," from 1791. Related: Pulped.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pulping in Medicine

pulp

(pŭlp)
n.
  1. A soft, moist, shapeless mass of matter.
  2. Dental pulp.
  3. The soft, moist part of fruit.
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Related formspulpous (pŭlpəs) null adj.
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pulping in Science

pulp

[pŭlp]
  1. The soft tissue forming the inner structure of a tooth and containing nerves and blood vessels.
  2. The soft moist part of a fruit, especially a drupe or pome.
  3. The soft pith forming the contents of the stem of a plant.
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pulping in Culture

pulp

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

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