Definition of pulp in English:

pulp

noun

mass noun
  • 1A soft, wet, shapeless mass of material.

    ‘boiling with soda will reduce your peas to pulp’
    • ‘The worst of the worst what is left after basic consummation the longitudinal fibroma of sugarcane stalks the iridescent pulp.’
    • ‘Some warriors were shown on television literally swimming in the fresh tomato purée, only their heads peeking out of the sea of red pulp.’
    • ‘When the water is cool enough, use your hands to mash the pulp as finely as possible.’
    • ‘I'm going beat him so hard he'll end up a bloody pulp.’
    • ‘Squeeze the liquid into a bowl and set aside, discarding the pulp.’
    • ‘If the giant was clever, he would have worn a helmet, thus deflecting the potentially lethal blow, and then proceeded to beat David into a throbbing bloody pulp.’
    • ‘One rainy night the offices were flooded, soaking several till rolls into a mushy pulp.’
    • ‘Other than soggy pulp with the odd shard of pain.’
    • ‘Open out the body into a flat piece and scrape away the soft interior pulp.’
    • ‘Reading the hundreds of blog entries about Huffington's site from today is like watching a swarm of fire ants invade a robin's nest and turn the chicks to red pulp.’
    • ‘There were fine scallops too, nicely sautéed, sitting on an earthy pea pulp, anointed with a minty butter sauce.’
    • ‘My father was seconds away from beating Tyler and me to a bloody pulp.’
    • ‘The hands that Marion used to warm in her gentle mother's hair, are the same frozen hands her father beat into a bloody swollen pulp, when Marion once disobeyed him, at age five.’
    • ‘Made from a composite of grass and sugar-cane pulp, the utensils are entirely natural.’
    • ‘According to P. Manoharan, Project Director, PACHE Trust, a tonne of paperboard could be manufactured from three tonnes of sugarcane pulp.’
    • ‘When the famine came around here it was terrible, the lovely drills of potatoes were just getting ready to blossom and overnight were turned to stinking, rotting pulp.’
    • ‘After reading Monday's story of the 17-year-old York lad addicted to crime, my Evening Press was reduced to little more than tear-stained pulp.’
    • ‘Make use of other men's we-should-protect-demure-damsels-in-distress ego thingy and make sure the molester becomes pulp.’
    • ‘The shipyards were doubtless full of men who could dismantle the defences of a huge audience in 30 seconds and then reduce them to one massed pulp of laughter for two-and-a-half hours.’
    • ‘I set to the task of bagging it up before it collapsed into a heap of pulp and, when I was done, stood up and stretched my back.’
    mash, mush, purée, cream, pressé, pap, slop, paste, slush, mulch, swill, slurry, semi-liquid, semi-fluid, mess
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    1. 1.1 The soft fleshy part of a fruit.
      • ‘The pulp of Baobab fruits has a taste like the cream of tartar and is used to treat fever, dysentery and stomach ailments in some parts of Asia.’
      • ‘Wash the seeds well, rubbing to remove any pulp.’
      • ‘To make the dressing, scoop the passion fruit pulp into a sieve over a bowl to extract the juice (it should be about 1 tbs).’
      • ‘The fleshy pulp is orange or yellow, with a scent of pineapple, and full of seeds.’
      • ‘Straight energy feeds like molasses, rolled barley, rolled wheat, beet pulps, citric pulp and combinations of these are all suitable.’
      • ‘Wet waste connotes anything generated from the kitchen - vegetable and fruit peels, pulp, left-over food matter.’
      • ‘Avocado oil is produced by mashing the pulp of the avocado fruit.’
      • ‘Avocado has another use though, the mashed pulp of the fruit makes for an excellent and natural face-pack.’
      • ‘It also helps to understand what makes jam or jelly set: it's pectin, a natural substance that binds the fruit pulp with acid and sugar.’
      • ‘Bright flies were embedded in the stringy pulp, the glistening flesh of the fruit.’
      • ‘Discard the tomato pulp, season the tomato water, and reserve.’
      • ‘Jane suspends the pips in muslin to help the marmalade set, but I just use the juice and fleshy pulp from the inside of a lemon… it does the same trick.’
      • ‘Marmalade is made from citrus fruits, jam from fruit pulp and jelly from fruit juice with no bits in.’
      • ‘Getting any sort of fleshy pulp was very difficult, so I squeezed the fruits to get decent amounts of liquid.’
      • ‘In a blender, combine the passion fruit pulp, passion fruit juice, coconut milk, lemon juice, and lime juice.’
      • ‘Fruit butters are made from fruit pulp cooked with sugar until thickened to a spreadable consistency.’
      • ‘We picked up the rosy red ones first, as many as our arms could hold, and plopped down at the foot of the tree biting into the fleshy pulp.’
      • ‘However, they are not pests because palm civets digest only the outer pulp of fruit, passing the coffee beans unharmed through their digestive systems.’
      • ‘Mango being the season, its pulp is being readied at one corner.’
      • ‘It was a thick juice with a generous amount of the fruit's pulp in it.’
      flesh, soft part, fleshy part, marrow, meat
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    2. 1.2 A soft wet mass of fibres derived from rags or wood, used in papermaking.
      • ‘The most important reasons for this are strong commodity prices, particularly for copper, pulp, paper and wood products.’
      • ‘Poplar wood has many end uses, including pulp and paper, timber, plywood, pallets, soft board, and hard board.’
      • ‘Second, heat drives lignocellulose resin (ie, lignin) out of the wood's pulp during the sterilization process.’
      • ‘The notion of the forest uncompromisingly supplying fibre for pulp, paper and sawmills has been a basic premise or point of departure in all Baskerville's calculations.’
      • ‘It is also the world's second-largest producer of chemicals used to bleach pulp for papermaking.’
      • ‘Wood pulp is an input in the production of paper.’
      • ‘Like cutting cedar for fencing material, oil and pulp production, a good pecan crop can augment yearly income.’
      • ‘Next comes the scooping stage, which requires the most skill, because the amount of pulp scooped and the evenness of its spread on the frame decides the quality of the paper.’
      • ‘It was printed in 20 colors and was made from a combination of pressed paper pulp and adhered lithographic elements.’
      • ‘His favorite tree could one day be processed into pulp.’
      • ‘Owners of legal sawmills, plus a multitude of illegal ones, compete for raw materials with the large pulp companies.’
      • ‘As vice president, Megawati in 2000 actually allowed its operation resumption but the company was only allowed to produce pulp and no longer rayon.’
      • ‘The two tycoons have been involved in a long-running legal dispute centring on the ownership of two of Russia's largest pulp and paper mills.’
      • ‘Dividends halved; volumes of pulp doubled; native forests cleared doubled - those are the facts from their accounts.’
      • ‘What if, say, I think the book I receive in the mail is a waste of pulp, a detriment to society and is frightening in the way that indoctrination literature always is?’
      • ‘Made asked the companies, such as pulp and paper mills, to start considering the import of logs from other countries including Australia.’
      • ‘Other global businesses include palm oil refining, acrylic fibre, paper pulp and copper concentrate.’
      • ‘The object of the plots is to measure which plants produce the best fibre for pulp and paper use and also which produce the highest volume of fibre.’
      • ‘They are used for the first chemical processing step of converting wood chips into pulp for paper manufacturing, primarily in the sulphate or kraft paper process.’
      • ‘These products may also contain rayon and wood fluff, which is chemically derived from tree pulp and then bleached.’
    3. 1.3 Vascular tissue filling the interior cavity and root canals of a tooth.
      • ‘A loose or broken filling may also cause infection in the tooth pulp.’
      • ‘The bulk of the tooth consists of the bony substance dentine, surrounding the soft inner pulp that contains blood vessels and nerves.’
      • ‘Human teeth are made up of four different types of tissue: pulp, dentin, enamel, and cementum.’
      • ‘In the middle of every tooth, there is space containing dental pulp.’
      • ‘As the decay nears the dental pulp you may suffer from toothache.’
    4. 1.4Mining Pulverized ore mixed with water.
      • ‘A device for borehole hydraulic mining includes a pipeline for delivering fluid into the hole accommodated inside a pipeline for bringing pulp to the surface.’
  • 2usually as modifier Popular or sensational writing that is regarded as being of poor quality.

    ‘the story is a mix of pulp fiction and Greek tragedy’
    • ‘A descent into this kind of carnally driven pulp should be conducted boldly and without apology, which is a courage that Cristofer cannot seem to muster.’
    • ‘Stark, terrific book - is there such a thing as philosophical pulp?’
    • ‘It's a fast-paced pulp science fiction yarn with compelling characters.’
    • ‘It was a fitting end to a game that had more twists and turns than a pulp fiction thriller.’
    • ‘Popular pulp fiction and radio sow the seeds of resistance to social injustice.’
    trashy, rubbishy, cheap, sensational, lurid, tasteless, kitschy
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Crush into a soft, wet, shapeless mass.

    ‘bales of waste paper were chopped, shredded, and pulped’
    • ‘The mash was nice and creamy, but not pulped to mush, and then there were some crunchy sweet potato crisps to top it all off.’
    • ‘The coffee is then pulped to remove the berry kernels and then the beans are dried.’
    • ‘Picking bakeapples and pulping them into the most delicious jam on the face of the planet.’
    • ‘First the apples are pulped in a machine called a scratter box, then they're poured and folded into large cloths called hairs (from the horsehair they were once made of) and stacked up into a ‘cheese’.’
    • ‘It might amaze people to know that you actually get less money if you chop down and pulp a 500 year old tree, than if you pulp a 13 year old tree.’
    • ‘In short, their personalities have been pulped by a system of entrenched gender stereotypes.’
    • ‘As well, another 30,000 hectares would provide quantity of produce necessary for processing - probably by pulping and freezing.’
    • ‘New technologies for pulping fast-growth trees figured prominently.’
    • ‘About mid-career, in order to create a mask of professionalism, many journalists tend to pulp the optimism and joy they first felt at writing.’
    • ‘Faking Cleopatra's suicide would have been as easy as pulping a fig.’
    mash, purée, cream, crush, press, smash, liquidize, liquefy, sieve, shred, squash, pound, beat, macerate, mill, grind, mince, soften, mangle
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    1. 1.1 Withdraw (a publication) from the market and recycle the paper.
      ‘the publisher had the right to pulp all unsold copies’
      • ‘Sadly, it is difficult to get hold of as the copies not yet sold were pulped by the publishers when the ‘fraud’ was discovered.’
      • ‘Only at the last minute did a lackey spot the error and the whole issue had to be pulped and then reprinted, a mop-up operation that cost £4,000.’
      • ‘Your book is found to be libellous and the publisher doesn't want to get sued, so they cancel publication, or if it's been printed, withdraw the book and pulp it.’
      • ‘Then it's shipped off to a paper maker, where it will be pulped, de-inked and turned back into newsprint.’
      • ‘The Federal Opposition says a leaked copy of a now pulped colour brochure has revealed the Government's real industrial agenda.’
      • ‘German authorities and the journal's publisher distanced themselves from the article's content and announced, without giving any specific reasons for their decision, that the residual print run was to be pulped.’
      • ‘The key to writing a bi-weekly column throughout the summer is to write a column a week in advance of its appearing on the news stand that will still be relevant three weeks later when the issue is finally pulped.’
      • ‘The product was hastily withdrawn from the market and all 2,000 copies had to be pulped.’
      • ‘The brochure - printed at the end of last year - is being pulped and another is being produced because the old one was said to be deterring potential guests.’
      • ‘The cards and envelopes are pulped and recycled to make new products.’
      • ‘MPs also agreed that parties will not have to pulp election leaflets due to be distributed to individual households and to allow extra finance to cover unforeseen costs caused by the delay.’
      • ‘Instead of sending their old stock back to wherever they came from or pulping them, Indian distributors must find a way to let old bookstores have them for a bargain.’
      • ‘Soon after publication, the Central Propaganda Bureau issued an order to recall all copies and have them pulped.’
      • ‘I assist him to circulate his ideas mainly out of free-speech considerations - as there have been great efforts made (sacking him from his university job, pulping his book) by Leftists to suppress him.’
      • ‘When I was at Pantheon, we received a memo saying every book that sold less than 2,000 copies a year should be pulped, as if it had a contagion that would have infected the other books in the warehouse.’
      • ‘The printer's decision to pulp an early printing of the issue, fearing legal action, is reported around the world.’
      • ‘And this doesn't included the sixty billion paperbacks printed every year, half of which are pulped and set to Japan to make toilet paper.’
      • ‘At the end of January the government's statistical service pulped the entire print run of its annual compendium of social statistics just days before publication, following a decision to censor the lead-in article.’
      • ‘Here's a positive point, then: there's still nearly three months for someone to discover a copyright problem and pulp the whole lot.’
      • ‘But supporters need not panic, nor the View's editors rush to pulp this week's issue.’

Phrases

  • beat (or smash) someone to a pulp

    • Beat someone severely.

      • ‘Don't you realize that the evil bad-guy always reveals his diabolical plot right before the good-guy beats him to a pulp?’
      • ‘One of the skinnier guys pushed him right over with a hit to his stomach, and immediately joined his buddies in beating Dmitri to a pulp.’
      • ‘Besides beating you to a pulp, I seem to have run out of ideas.’
      • ‘Her husband beats her to a pulp while the security guard reads his newspaper as if nothing is happening.’
      • ‘You are lucky my boyfriend stopped me from following you because I think I would have dragged you out of the car by your bleach blond hair, beat you to a pulp and then told your kid that you don't care about him.’
      • ‘You didn't get to see any of that because we were beaten to a pulp.’
      • ‘What kind of society do we have when our sons and daughters, our grandchildren, our brothers and sisters cannot travel home at night without a gang of aggressive drunks beating them to a pulp, just for the hell of it?’
      • ‘The lad on the floor looked like he had been beaten to a pulp.’
      • ‘Only about one per cent of the prison population, he calculates, are unreconstructed psychopaths who would beat you to a pulp for a fag-end.’
      • ‘It seems that half the men in the country would like to beat him to a pulp while half the women would like to go to bed with him.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting the soft fleshy part of fruit): from Latin pulpa. The verb dates from the mid 17th century.

Pronunciation

pulp

/pʌlp/