(=large shape) masse f , volume m
→ the shadowy bulk of an ancient barn
[+person] corpulence f
→ Wilson lowered his bulk into the chair.
→ Despite his bulk he moved lightly on his feet.
(=large quantities) en gros, en vrac
to buy in bulk (COMMERCE) acheter en gros, acheter en grande quantité
→ Buying in bulk is more economical than shopping for small quantities.
to sell in bulk vendre en gros
→ Goods can be made much cheaper if they're sold in bulk.
the bulk of
(=majority) la plus grande partie de, la majeure partie de → the bulk of the £600 million turnover → The bulk of the text is a review of these documents. → The vast bulk of imports and exports are carried by sea.
vt sep épaissir
→ putting in extra weight sessions to bulk up his lanky but surprisingly tough frame
→ The meat was bulked up with water
vi prendre de l'épaisseur
→ It will ensure that your muscles don't bulk up and will give you a lean silhouette
[individual] acheter en grosses quantités
[company, organization, retailer] acheter en gros
n (by individual)
achat m en grosses quantités , (by company, organization, retailer)
achat m en gros
n vraquier m
→ 44 people who died when the bulk carrier Derbyshire sank in 1980