- 1A thick, solid piece of something: huge chunks of masonry littered the streetMore example sentences
- The pieces of rabbit were brown and almost crispy on the outside, encasing solid chunks of nicely roasted meat.
- The salad was a sad little remnant of a 1980s salad made mostly of iceberg lettuce, thick chunks of onion and thicker chunks of cucumber.
- The thick meaty sauce with chunks of beef and pork was delicious.
- 1.1 [in singular] An amount or part of something: fuel takes a large chunk of their small incomeMore example sentences
- Michael has given them a chunk of capital amounting to about £500,000 between them.
- The advent of the private finance initiative has made trust managements even more conscious of the need to keep a lid on pay, because a chunk of their budget goes to the companies that build and maintain the buildings.
- Even before households decide what to do with their federal tax breaks, cash-strapped states and localities are claiming a chunk of that change.
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- 1North American Divide (something) into chunks: chunk four pounds of pearsMore example sentences
- An equilibrium culture was obtained by chunking a block of agar containing worms from an old plate onto a new plate seeded with bacteria once every 3-4 days over a period of 1 month.
- Start with 2 cups of sliced or chunked firm radishes.
- In addition to chunking time, historians also need to chunk space, focusing on specific areas of the world as well as on specific periods.
- 1.1(In psychology or linguistic analysis) group together (connected items or words) so that they can be stored or processed as single concepts.More example sentences
- Information that is chunked and linked is easier to remember, and to learn with songs and patterns.
- He obviously couldn't chunk even Spanish words into pronounceable blocks.
- George Miller, a pioneer in the study of cognitive psychology and memory, suggested that this ‘something more’ often consists of the process of chunking.
late 17th century: apparently an alteration of chuck3.
verb[no object] chiefly North American
- Move with or make a muffled, metallic sound: the door chunked behind themMore example sentences
- I wasn't used to the heavy shoes and this became evident when my leg flew out sideways and chunked into a young lady's shin.
- The waterwheel distantly chunked and gurgled.
- The door chunked behind them.
late 19th century: imitative.