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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bushel
noun
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▪ About 75 bushels of oysters, dredged from the Smith River, were supplied for the festival.
▪ Dodd designed a factory with an integrated mill in which bushels of durum could be turned into pasta under one roof.
▪ For far too long you've been hiding your light under a bushel.
▪ Hide my light under the bushel.
▪ Light polishes itself under the bushel.
▪ Since last April the price of oilseed rape has dropped from $ 6 to $ 3 a bushel.
▪ Table 4-I is a hypothetical demand schedule for a single consumer who is purchasing bushels of corn.
▪ The surplus, as a result, has diminished to 6000 bushels.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bushel

Bushel \Bush"el\ (b[.u]sh"[e^]l), n. [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.]

  1. A dry measure, containing four pecks, eight gallons, or thirty-two quarts.

    Note: The Winchester bushel, formerly used in England, contained 2150.42 cubic inches, being the volume of a cylinder 181/2 inches in internal diameter and eight inches in depth. The standard bushel measures, prepared by the United States Government and distributed to the States, hold each 77.6274 pounds of distilled water, at 39.8[deg] Fahr. and 30 inches atmospheric pressure, being the equivalent of the Winchester bushel. The imperial bushel now in use in England is larger than the Winchester bushel, containing 2218.2 cubic inches, or 80 pounds of water at 62[deg] Fahr.

  2. 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?
    --Mark iv. 21.

  3. A quantity that fills a bushel measure; as, a heap containing ten bushels of apples.

    Note: In the United States a large number of articles, bought and sold by the bushel, are measured by weighing, the number of pounds that make a bushel being determined by State law or by local custom. For some articles, as apples, potatoes, etc., heaped measure is required in measuring a bushel.

  4. A large indefinite quantity. [Colloq.]

    The worthies of antiquity bought the rarest pictures with bushels of gold, without counting the weight or the number of the pieces.
    --Dryden.

  5. The iron lining in the nave of a wheel. [Eng.] In the United States it is called a box. See 4th Bush.

Bushel

Bushel \Bush"el\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Busheled, p. pr. & vb. n. Busheling.] [Cf. G. bosseln.] (Tailoring) To mend or repair, as men's garments; to repair garments. [U. S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bushel

early 14c., measure of capacity containing four pecks or eight gallons, from Old French boissel "bushel" (13c., Modern French boisseau), probably from boisse, a grain measure based on Gallo-Roman *bostia "handful," from Gaulish *bosta "palm of the hand" (compare Irish bass, Breton boz "the hollow of the hand"). The exact measure varied from place to place and according to commodity, and since late 14c. it has been used loosely to mean "a large quantity or number."

Wiktionary
bushel

n. 1 A dry measure, containing four pecks, eight gallons (36.4 L), or thirty-two quarts. 2 A vessel of the capacity of a bushel, used in measuring; a bushel measure. 3 A quantity that fills a bushel measure; as, a heap containing ten bushels of apples. 4 (context colloquial English) A large indefinite quantity. 5 The iron lining in the nave of a wheel. [Eng.] In the United States it is called a box. vb. (cx US tailoring ambitransitive English) To mend or repair clothes.

WordNet
bushel
  1. n. a United States dry measure equal to 4 pecks or 2152.42 cubic inches

  2. a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 pecks

  3. a basket large enough to hold a bushel [syn: bushel basket]

  4. v. restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please" [syn: repair, mend, fix, doctor, furbish up, restore, touch on] [ant: break]

  5. [also: bushelling, bushelled]

Wikipedia
Bushel

A bushel (abbreviation: bsh. or bu.) is an imperial and US customary unit of weight or mass based upon an earlier measure of dry capacity. The old bushel was equal to 4  pecks or 8  gallons and was used mostly for agricultural products such as wheat. At present, the volume is usually only nominal, with bushels referring to standard quantities of mass instead. Two pecks make a kenning (obsolete), and four pecks make a bushel.

The name "bushel" is also used to translate similar units in other measurement systems.

Usage examples of "bushel".

Something must be done, yet how few housekeepers, when called upon to sweep up a few bushels of feathers which have run amuck, have the faintest notion of what to do beyond yelling for the police?

Two women, one of them with a baby at her breast, and followed by four brats, all of whom might have been put under a bushel measure, came before me, and falling on their knees made me guess the reason of this pitiful sight.

The produce, I was told, was equal to fifty bushels to the acre, but the reckoning was in centals, and indeed decimal coinage and decimal weights and measures had been adopted so long ago that most people had forgotten our old standard.

It grieved him plaguily, he said, to see the nuptial couch defrauded of its dearest pledges: and to reflect upon so many agreeable females with rich jointures, a prey to the vilest bonzes, who hide their flambeau under a bushel in an uncongenial cloister or lose their womanly bloom in the embraces of some unaccountable muskin when they might multiply the inlets of happiness, sacrificing the inestimable jewel of their sex when a hundred pretty fellows were at hand to caress, this, he assured them, made his heart weep.

Then they fetched the nine bushels of flax-seed which Yspaddaden Penkawr had required of Kilhwch, and they brought the full measure, without lacking any, except one flax-seed, and that the lame pismire brought in before night.

Now his blue eyes looked bright and idealistic in his sunburned, ascetic face, as he climbed down to cover me with another one of those rustless belly-guns he seemed to have got a bushel of somewhere.

The land is now seeded down with clover, and with the aid of a bushel or two of plaster per acre, next spring, it is not improbable that, if mown twice for hay next year, it will yield in the two crops three tons of hay per acre.

The wheat with which the clover was seeded down, yielded 40 bushels per acre.

Both fields were just alike, both plowed and sowed alike, without manure, except 200 lbs of Peruvian guano upon one, and that sure to bring fifteen or twenty bushels to the acre, while the other would not exceed three bushels.

From 15 to 20 bushels for one sowed, is the ordinary product on our poorest lands, from the application of 200 lbs.

A lot on which 15 bushels was sowed, and dressed with Peruvian guano, was threshed separately, and yielded 301 bushels, or over 20 for one.

I have good reason to expect with a favorable season from the crop now sowed and dressed with guano, a bushel of wheat for every dollar of the prime cost of the farm.

Last fall the same land, after remaining one year in clover, was again sowed with one bushel of wheat and dressed with 140 lbs.

Upon 36 acres, same kind of soil, well manured in the previous crop of corn, sowed 36 bushels and made 162.

When applied unleached at the rate of 50 bushels per acre and leached at the rate of 200 bushels, the results are usually very marked in stimulating growth in clover.