bulk vs majority what difference

what is difference between bulk and majority

English

Etymology

From Middle English bulk, bolke (a heap, cargo, hold; heap; bulge), borrowed from Old Norse búlki (the freight or the cargo of a ship), from Proto-Germanic *bulkô (beam, pile, heap), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰelǵ- (beam, pile, prop). Compare Icelandic búlkast (to be bulky), Swedish dialectal bulk (a bunch), Danish bulk (bump, knob).

Conflated with Middle English bouk (belly, trunk).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: bŭlk, IPA(key): /bʌlk/
  • Rhymes: -ʌlk

Noun

bulk (countable and uncountable, plural bulks)

(Can we add an example for this sense?)

  1. Size, specifically, volume.
    • 1729. I Newton, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, page 1.
      The Quantity of Matter is the measure of the same, arising from its density and bulk conjunctly.
    • The cliff-dwellers had chipped and chipped away at this boulder till it rested its tremendous bulk upon a mere pin-point of its surface.
  2. Any huge body or structure.
  3. The major part of something.
  4. Dietary fibre.
  5. (uncountable, transport) Unpackaged goods when transported in large volumes, e.g. coal, ore or grain.
  6. (countable) a cargo or any items moved or communicated in the manner of cargo.
  7. (bodybuilding) Excess body mass, especially muscle.
  8. (bodybuilding) A period where one tries to gain muscle.
  9. (brane cosmology) A hypothetical higher-dimensional space within which our own four-dimensional universe may exist.
  10. (obsolete) The body.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of George Turberville to this entry?)

Translations

Adjective

bulk (not comparable)

  1. being large in size, mass or volume (of goods, etc.)
  2. total

Translations

Derived terms

  • bulken (verb)

Verb

bulk (third-person singular simple present bulks, present participle bulking, simple past and past participle bulked)

  1. (intransitive) To appear or seem to be, as to bulk or extent.
  2. (intransitive) To grow in size; to swell or expand.
  3. (intransitive) To gain body mass by means of diet, exercise, etc.
  4. (transitive) To put or hold in bulk.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To add bulk to, to bulk out.

Related terms

  • bulker
  • bulkhead
  • bulky
  • bulk up
  • in bulk

Translations



English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /məˈd͡ʒɒɹɪti/
  • (US) IPA(key): /məˈd͡ʒɑɹɪti/, /məˈd͡ʒɔɹɪti/
  • Rhymes: -ɒɹɪti

Etymology

From Middle French maiorité, from Medieval Latin māiōritātem, accusative of Latin māiōritās, from Latin māiōr (greater).

Morphologically major +‎ -ity

Noun

majority (countable and uncountable, plural majorities)

  1. More than half (50%) of some group.
  2. The difference between the winning vote and the rest of the votes.
  3. (dated) Legal adulthood, age of majority.
  4. (Britain) The office held by a member of the armed forces in the rank of major.
  5. Ancestors; ancestry.

Usage notes

  • Majority in the sense of “more than half” is used with countable nouns only; for example, “The majority of the members of the committee were in favour of the motion.” While common in colloquial speech, it is often considered incorrect to use majority with uncountable nouns, as in “The majority of the time was wasted.” In the latter case, it is preferable to use expressions such as “the larger part of” or “most of” instead of the “the majority of.”

Antonyms

  • (more than half): minority

Hyponyms

Derived terms

  • dictatorship of the majority
  • go over to the majority
  • join the majority
  • majority leader
  • majority rule
  • supermajority
  • tyranny of the majority

Related terms

  • major
  • plurality

See also

  • most

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