Definition of bushel in English:


(also bu.)


  • 1British A measure of capacity equal to 8 gallons (equivalent to 36.4 litres), used for corn, fruit, liquids, etc.

  • 2US A measure of capacity equal to 64 US pints (equivalent to 35.2 litres), used for dry goods.

    • ‘I think growers want the technical advantages biotech gives them, like more bushels per acre, and that won't change.’
    • ‘Soybean production just started, but farmers are talking about production levels of 18 to 25 bushels per acre, compared to 35 to 40 in a normal year.’
    • ‘That merger increased the number of elevators in the co-op's local network to nine, and increased storage capacity from 9 million to 19 million bushels.’
    • ‘Divide the total cost of producing each feed fed by the number of tons or bushels produced to arrive at total costs per unit produced.’
    • ‘Jim gets yields equal to the national average - 40 bushels per acre - but there's a hitch: it takes him two years to do it.’
    • ‘High speed batch or continuous flow dryers have the highest bushel capacity per hour of any of the systems mentioned in this article.’
    • ‘In addition, the site has 40 storage bins with a total capacity of 400,000 bushels.’
    • ‘In years with a warm early spring, the experiments have yielded 90 to 100 bushels per acre for soybeans.’
    • ‘The elevators represent a combined storage capacity of 24 million bushels.’
    • ‘This apples and oranges approach obviously makes no sense; how many extra bushels of corn does it take to make up for each new case of cancer caused by a certain pesticide?’
    • ‘The soybean is a legume and can fix adequate atmospheric nitrogen to produce a yield of 70 to 80 bushels per acre if well nodulated.’
    • ‘The five storage bins will have a combined capacity of approximately 63,000 bushels.’
    • ‘New acres coming into production equal more potential bushels, which equal more subsidy dollars.’
    • ‘The wheat harvest this year brought in 310,000 bushels of grain, filling only half the elevator's capacity.’
    • ‘Instead, it expanded capacity to 80,000 bushels per day and has made investments to move further up the value-added chain.’
    • ‘For example, to teach inductively, Bergstrom and Miller suggest that you send students to a market with the willing capacity to pay $25 for a bushel of apples.’
    • ‘The 1798 daybook also shows that, as the old Dutch traditions faded, wheat was measured in bushels rather than schepels.’
    • ‘Soybean production was estimated assuming that yields of irrigated soybeans follow a normal distribution with a mean of 45 bushels per acre and a standard deviation of 10.’
    • ‘Agronomist Roger Elmore, Ph.D., and his colleagues calculated those losses equal to about 3 bushels per acre.’
    • ‘Still, his average yield was 52 bushels per acre.’


  • hide one's light under a bushel

    • Keep quiet about one's talents or accomplishments.

      ‘please don't hide your light under a bushel—the Society needs your valuable expertise’
      • ‘‘The awards are for the people who normally hide their light under a bushel,’ he says.’
      • ‘You've been hiding your light under a bushel McLeod.’
      • ‘Nowadays to be bright is to be stigmatised, so better to hide your light under a bushel.’
      • ‘Nor do its people feel any need to hide their light under a bushel like the painfully self-conscious and underconfident Scots.’
      • ‘A lot of people hide their light under a bushel.’
      • ‘If there are any negative aspects of Quakerism it's that we have a tendency to hide our light under a bushel.’
      • ‘Never one to hide his light under a bushel, he has extracted the most possible mileage from his stewardship of York City.’
      • ‘We want to try and get them to believe that it's good to succeed, to feel special, and realise they should not hide their light under a bushel.’
      • ‘Never one to hide his light under a bushel, he predicts he will be able to create artificial life in a test tube within the next three years.’
      • ‘Not one to hide his light under a bushel, he has had no hesitation in revealing the first name that would be on his World XI teamsheet for 4-4-2 magazine this month: ‘Me of course, because I am an arrogant, selfish soul’.’


Middle English: from Old French boissel, perhaps of Gaulish origin.