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bulk

(bŭlk)
n.
See fiber.
v. bulked, bulking, bulks
noun Increased muscle mass achieved by mechanics—lifting weights—and/or chemistry—anabolic steroids
verb To enhance one’s muscle mass by mechanics and/or chemistry

bulk

1. In nutrition, a substance that absorbs water in the intestinal tract. The increased mass helps to stimulate peristalsis. Bulk materials include bran cereals, cellulose, lignins, and psyllium. They are used therapeutically to treat constipation and other bowel disorders.
2. A mass; a large volume of cells, such as might be found in a tumor.
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Above him towered the gigantic bulk of the pachyderm, the little eyes flashing with the reflected light of the fires--wicked, frightful, terrifying.
And beneath will be the abyss, wherein will fester and starve and rot, and ever renew itself, the common people, the great bulk of the population.
After the above facts, we are compelled to conclude, against anterior probability, [8] that among the mammalia there exists no close relation between the bulk of the species, and the quantity of the vegetation, in the countries which they inhabit.
George Jones had the glory of perpetrating the first joke on him; he gave him a cigar with a firecracker in it and winked to the crowd to come; the thing exploded presently and swept away the bulk of Nicodemus's eyebrows and eyelashes.
If we want to sink 3,000 feet, I should keep account of the reduction of bulk under a pressure equal to that of a column of water of a thousand feet.
They are majestic, and even awful, when contemplated in a proper mood, yet, by their breadth of base and the long ridges which support them, give the idea of immense bulk rather than of towering height.