Definition of bushel in US English:

bushel

(also bu.)

noun

  • 1US A measure of capacity equal to 64 US pints (equivalent to 35.2 liters), used for dry goods.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The 1798 daybook also shows that, as the old Dutch traditions faded, wheat was measured in bushels rather than schepels.’
    • ‘The five storage bins will have a combined capacity of approximately 63,000 bushels.’
    • ‘Agronomist Roger Elmore, Ph.D., and his colleagues calculated those losses equal to about 3 bushels per acre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘New acres coming into production equal more potential bushels, which equal more subsidy dollars.’
    • ‘High speed batch or continuous flow dryers have the highest bushel capacity per hour of any of the systems mentioned in this article.’
    • ‘Still, his average yield was 52 bushels per acre.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘I think growers want the technical advantages biotech gives them, like more bushels per acre, and that won't change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, it expanded capacity to 80,000 bushels per day and has made investments to move further up the value-added chain.’
    • ‘In addition, the site has 40 storage bins with a total capacity of 400,000 bushels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wheat harvest this year brought in 310,000 bushels of grain, filling only half the elevator's capacity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1informal A large amount.
      ‘we sold it for a bushel of money’
      • ‘Maybe he'll boil him alive if we throw in a lobster and a bushel of clams as a gesture of good faith.’
      • ‘Provide a bushel of useful strategies for working with people and situations?’
      • ‘They go screaming, casting bushels of needles in fear and despair.’
      • ‘Without mentors, we make mistakes by the bushel, and often make ourselves miserable.’
      • ‘Other high calcium foods include almonds, oysters, and leafy greens - but you'd have to eat a bushel of greens to equal one 500 mg mineral tablet.’
      • ‘Does this mean you'll need a bushel of glasses to get the most out of each of your sports?’
      • ‘Despite this, scads of people make bushels of money every year by suing some company for something that was entirely their own damn fault.’
      • ‘As I took it through the first door to the back hallway, it grabbed onto the frame and wept a bushel of needles, but that was it.’
      • ‘Female contestants vied to tell the weepiest sob story to win the bushel of prizes.’
      • ‘As for principled urbanist opinions about waterfront development, Lopate has a bushel of them.’
  • 2British A measure of capacity equal to 8 imperial gallons (equivalent to 36.4 liters), used for dry goods and liquids.

  • 3A container with the capacity of a bushel.

    as modifier ‘packing oysters into bushel baskets’
    • ‘Haystacks, scarecrows, pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, bushel baskets of gourds, apples, Indian apples, and squashes.’
    • ‘They would literally fill whole bushel baskets every day in their zeal for the practice.’
    • ‘Five full bushel baskets of tobacco were collected before play could be resumed.’
    • ‘Then the apples were packaged into bushel baskets which Marc made.’
    • ‘In a bushel full of sins, which one is the most accusing?’
    • ‘I can only bet my bushel of apples, and throw in myself and the old woman, but I think that'll be more than full measure.’
    • ‘So we were just coming to grab another bushel full, that should last her until tomorrow morning.’
    • ‘Some years, this is so common that collectors easily fill bushel baskets with them in minutes.’
    • ‘You can also grow sweet potatoes in a bushel basket or other large container filled with compost and soil.’
    • ‘Select one that is potted in a bushel basket or other large container or balled with burlap into a large, firm root ball.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

bushel

/ˈbʊʃəl//ˈbo͝oSHəl/