Definition of bushel in English:
- Agronomist Roger Elmore, Ph.D., and his colleagues calculated those losses equal to about 3 bushels per acre.
- The 1798 daybook also shows that, as the old Dutch traditions faded, wheat was measured in bushels rather than schepels.
- New acres coming into production equal more potential bushels, which equal more subsidy dollars.
- Despite this, scads of people make bushels of money every year by suing some company for something that was entirely their own damn fault.
- They go screaming, casting bushels of needles in fear and despair.
- 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.
- Haystacks, scarecrows, pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, bushel baskets of gourds, apples, Indian apples, and squashes.
- Then the apples were packaged into bushel baskets which Marc made.
- Some years, this is so common that collectors easily fill bushel baskets with them in minutes.
- hide one's light under a bushel
- see hide1.
- Example sentences
- And someone had tried the same thing with putting sand into bushelfuls of wheat just the previous autumn.
- I'll remember Horace as a true original, unhybridized, a bushelful of contradictions: stubborn but sentimental, steely and twinkly, old-school formal but startlingly earthy.
- Michelle has been known to eat fresh peas by the proverbial bushelful.
If a bushel is a measure of capacity, how can you hide your light under a bushel? The answer is that the word here is used in an old sense, ‘a container used to measure out a bushel’. The origin of the phrase is biblical, from the Gospel of Matthew: ‘Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light to all that are in the house.’ The word entered English from French and may be Gaulish.
- British & World English dictionary
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