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bushel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bushel restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken "She repaired her TV set","Repair my shoes please"
    • n bushel a United States dry measure equal to 4 pecks or 2152.42 cubic inches
    • n bushel a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 pecks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One bushel of wheat can make enough sandwiches that you could eat three sandwiches a day for over six months
    • Bushel A dry measure, containing four pecks, eight gallons, or thirty-two quarts.
    • Bushel A large indefinite quantity. "The worthies of antiquity bought the rarest pictures with bushels of gold, without counting the weight or the number of the pieces."
    • Bushel A quantity that fills a bushel measure; as, a heap containing ten bushels of apples.
    • Bushel A vessel of the capacity of a bushel, used in measuring; a bushel measure. "Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not to be set on a candlestick?"
    • Bushel The iron lining in the nave of a wheel. Eng In the United States it is called a box. See 4th Bush.
    • v. t. & i Bushel (Tailoring) To mend or repair, as men's garments; to repair garments.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds.
    • n bushel A dry measure, containing 8 gallons or 4 pecks. The imperial bushel legally established in Great Britain in 1826 has a capacity of 2,218.192 cubic inches, and holds 80 pounds avoirdupois of distilled water at the temperature of 62° F. with the barometer at 30 inches. Previous to this the Winchester bushel had been the standard measure from Anglo-Saxon times; its capacity was 2,150.42 cubic inches. The measures of capacity of the United States are founded on the Winchester bushel, the imperial system having been created since the separation of the two countries. The name Winchester bushel is derived from the fact that the ancient standard bushel-measure of England was preserved in the town-hall of Winchester. Numerous bushels were in use in England at the time of the adoption of the imperial system. Thus, by a statute of Anne, a bushel of coals is to contain a Winchester bushel and a quart of water, to be 19½ inches in diameter, and to be heaped in the form of a cone 6 inches high. Various equivalent weights of different commodities had also been made bushels by law. Many of the American States have established equivalent weights, which vary considerably in different States. Abbreviated to bu., bush.
    • n bushel A vessel of the capacity of a bushel.
    • n bushel An indefinitely large quantity. [Colloq.]
    • n bushel Same as bush, 2. [U. S.]
    • bushel To mend, as a man's garment; repair men's garments.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bushel boosh′el a dry measure of 8 gallons, for measuring grain, fruit, &c.
    • v.t., v.i Bushel boosh′el (U.S.) to mend or alter, as men's clothes
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Quotations

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    “A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.”
  • Joel E. Ross
    Joel E. Ross
    “Don't hide your strategy under a bushel. Communicate it throughout your company. It's better today to disclose too much than too little.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.”
  • Anthony Norvell
    Anthony Norvell
    “Plant a kernel of wheat and you reap a pint; plant a pint and you reap a bushel. Always the law works to give you back more than you give.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. buschel, boischel, OF. boissel, bussel, boistel, F. boisseau, LL. bustellus,; dim. of bustia, buxida,OF. boiste,), fr. pyxida, acc. of L. pyxis, box, Gr. pyxi`s. Cf. Box

Usage

In literature:

Frye bought fifty thousand bushels on a margin.
"Uncle Terry" by Charles Clark Munn
I have seen bushels of fried langousta for sale in the markets.
"An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" by Emily Bronson Conger
Coal tar is oftenest used for the purpose, a half pint being enough to smear a bushel of seed.
"The Peanut Plant" by B. W. Jones
Two growing seasons had passed and not a bushel of grain had been produced for their sustenance.
"Agriculture in Virginia, 1607-1699" by Lyman Carrier
I have frequently gathered bushels of it for my mushroom-friends.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Take a bushel of the large flaps of mushrooms, gathered dry, and bruise them with your hands.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
There was a time when the farmer sold his corn for a dollar a bushel.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
It's loaded with half a million bushels of grain.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
Hand-picked fruit in half-bushel peach baskets or in berry boxes usually brings from $1 to $2 per bushel.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
If he does and seeds by the bushel, or other measures, he is apt to be misled.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
The corn crop may possibly average 10 to 15 bushels per acre, or, in Virginia terminology, 2 to 3 barrels.
"The Negro Farmer" by Carl Kelsey
Two schooners have arrived at Salem, bringing three thousand bushels of corn from Maryland.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Covers on four baskets showed that the crabber had collected four bushels of crabs.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
But how small a spot of good soil is required for raising thirty bushels of corn!
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
From his vast acreage Mr. Rankin sold not one bushel of corn.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson
All us house chaps had to shell a half bushel corn every night for to feed the sheep.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
She had also a guitar and a half-bushel basket.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
Two bushels of seed should be sowed on an acre, unless the land be very rich; in that case, one half-bushel less.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Still dragging him, Endlich went and got a bushel basket.
"Asteroid of Fear" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
An acre of land that will produce 300 bushels of potatoes, will produce 32 bushels of wheat.
"Cottage Economy" by William Cobbett
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In poetry:

And what does Mark, the second, write?
Is a candle bought
to be put under a bushel
and not to be set on a candlestick?
"The Plague Colemn" by Jaroslav Seifert
I’d rather be handsome than homely;
I’d rather be youthful than old;
If I can’t have a bushel of silver
I’ll do with a barrel of gold.
"Contentment" by James Jeffrey Roche
A pharos? Oh dull brain! poor dying lamp
Under a bushel with an earthy smell!
Mouldering it stands, in rust and eating damp,
While the slow oil keeps oozing from its cell!
"Let Your Light So Shine" by George MacDonald
I've put my team in the barn, and rubbed their sweaty coats;
I've fed 'em a heap of hay and half a bushel of oats;
And to see the way they eat makes me like eatin' feel,
And Jane won't say to-night that I don't make out a meal.
"Gone With A Handsomer Man" by William McKendree Carleton
HOW much do you love me, a million bushels?
Oh, a lot more than that, Oh, a lot more. And to-morrow maybe only half a bushel?
To-morrow maybe not even a half a bushel. And is this your heart arithmetic?
This is the way the wind measures the weather.
"How Much?" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

Wheat for March delivery rose 0.50 cent to $8.57 a bushel.
Wheat for March delivery rose 2 cents to $8.6275 a bushel.
On the other hand, adjustments in wheat demand raised ending stocks by 50 million bushels.
In Iowa, for example, the nation's leading corn producer, production will be about 19 percent lower than last year at about 1.92 billion bushels.
In Iowa, the leading US corn producer, production will be about 19 percent lower than last year at about 1.92 billion bushels.
Neighboring Nebraska will see production down about 15 percent from last year at 1.3 billion bushels.
Illinois was hard hit with production falling 37 percent to 1.22 billion bushels.
And as is typical in the fall, we hear lots of numbers in the news — bushels per acre, percentage of harvest completed.
The Mosaic Company created Pursuit 300 as a program to assist farmers as they strive to reach yields of 300 bushels per acre.
The 33rd annual Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival officially came to an end Sunday with another exciting day filled with bushels of family-friendly fun, capping off the four-day celebration of the local apple industry.
" Nobody Walks" is a bushel full of familiar indie-film devices held together by honest writing and charming performers.
Capacities from 200 to 600 bushels/hour.
As the growing season began, the pace of planting led to growing fears of new crop corn values slipping toward the $4 to $4.50 per bushel range.
Want to harvest an extra 2-5 bushels of soybeans per acre next fall.
Capacities up to 24,000 bushels.
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In science:

Bushell, Hilbert’s metric and positive contraction mappings in a Banach space, Arch.
Asymptotic behaviour of random tridiagonal Markov chains in biological applications
Wolfinger, R., Gibson, G., Wolfinger, E., Bennett, L., Hamadeh, H., Bushel, P., Afshari, C. and Paules, R. (2001).
A statistical framework for the analysis of microarray probe-level data
Bellamy has offered a prize for the solution of this question—one bushel of extra fancy Stayman Winesap apples, delivered in season.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
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