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Bushel Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    bushel n
  1. a United States dry measure equal to 4 pecks or 2152.42 cubic inches
  2. a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 pecks
  3. a basket large enough to hold a bushel [syn: bushel basket] v : restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please" [syn: repair, mend, fix, doctor, furbish up, restore, touch on] [ant: break] [also: bushelling, bushelled]
Bushel Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bushel \Bush"el\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Busheled, p. pr. & vb. n. Busheling.] [Cf. G. bosseln.] (Tailoring) To mend or repair, as men's garments; to repair garments. [U. S.]
Bushel Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bushel \Bush"el\, n. [OE. buschel, boischel, OF. boissel, bussel, boistel, F. boisseau, LL. bustellus; dim. of bustia, buxida (OF. boiste), fr. pyxida, acc. of L. pyxis box, Gr. ?. Cf. Box.]
  1. A dry measure, containing four pecks, eight gallons, or thirty-two quarts. Note: The Winchester bushel, formerly used in England, contained 2150.42 cubic inches, being the volume of a cylinder 181/2 inches in internal diameter and eight inches in depth. The standard bushel measures, prepared by the United States Government and distributed to the States, hold each 77.6274 pounds of distilled water, at 39.8[deg] Fahr. and 30 inches atmospheric pressure, being the equivalent of the Winchester bushel. The imperial bushel now in use in England is larger than the Winchester bushel, containing 2218.2 cubic inches, or 80 pounds of water at 62[deg] Fahr.
  2. A vessel of the capacity of a bushel, used in measuring; a bushel measure. Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not to be set on a candlestick? --Mark iv. 21.
  3. A quantity that fills a bushel measure; as, a heap containing ten bushels of apples. Note: In the United States a large number of articles, bought and sold by the bushel, are measured by weighing, the
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A bushel is an imperial and U.S. customary unit of dry volume, equivalent in each of these systems to 4 pecks or 8 gallons. It is used for volumes of dry commodities (not liquids), most often in agriculture. It is abbreviated as bsh. or bu. In modern usage, the dry volume is usually only nominal, with bushels referring to standard weights instead.

The name derives from the 14th century buschel or busschel, a box.

Bushels are now most often used as units of mass or weight rather than of volume. The bushels in which grains are bought and sold on commodity markets or at local grain elevators, and for reports of grain production, are all units of weight. This is done by assigning a standard weight to each commodity that is to be measured in bushels. These bushels depend on the commodities being measured and the moisture content. Some of the more common ones are:

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* A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains. - Dutch Proverb


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  • Grain mostly higher, beef and pork higher
    Grain futures were mosly higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was 9.25 cents higher at $5.38 a bushel; Sept corn was 1.50 cents higher at 3.63 a bushel; Dec oats were 6.50 ... Read more on this news related to 'Bushel'
  • Grain mixed, livestock higher
    Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery gained 3.5 cents to $5.3225 a bushel; Sept corn was 3.75 cents lower at $3.5775 a bushel; Dec oats ... Read more on this news related to 'Bushel'
  • Grain mixed, beef higher and pork lower
    Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was 2 cents lower at $5.2875 a bushel; Sept corn was 1 cent lower at 3.6150 a bushel; Dec oats were 1.75 cents higher ... Read more on this news related to 'Bushel'

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