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pulp definition


This page has 12 definitions of pulp in English. Pulp is a noun, verb and adjective. Also define these 35 related words and terms: soft, moist, shapeless, mass, matter, mixture, wood, cellulose, rag, water, paper, suspension, mineral, particle, agitation, center, fruit, tooth, spleen, magazine, book, lurid, subject matter, print, rough, unfinished, transitive, intransitive, beat to a pulp, fiction, pulp magazine, style, material, printed, and publication.



From earlier pulpe, borrowed from Latin pulpa.



pulp (usually uncountable, plural pulps)

  1. A soft, moist, shapeless mass or matter.
    1. A mixture of wood, cellulose and/or rags and water ground up to make paper.
    2. A mass of chemically processed wood fibres (cellulose).
    3. A suspension of mineral particles, typically achieved by some form of agitation.
    4. The soft center of a fruit.
    5. The soft center of a tooth.
    6. The very soft tissue in the spleen.
    • Shapeless definition
      without a clearly defined or identifiable shape
    • Wood definition
      The substance making up the central part of the trunk and branches of a tree. Used as a material for construction, to manufacture various items, etc. or as fuel. (1 of 8 wood definitions)
    • Water definition
      A substance (of molecular formula H2O) found at room temperature and pressure as a clear liquid; it is present naturally as rain, and found in rivers, lakes and seas; its solid form is ice and its gaseous form is steam. (1 of 18 water definitions)
    • Particle definition
      A very small piece of matter, a fragment; especially, the smallest possible part of something. (1 of 5 particle definitions)
    • Fruit definition
      In general, a product of plant growth useful to man or animals. (1 of 9 fruit definitions)
  2. A magazine or book containing lurid subject matter and characteristically printed on rough, unfinished paper.
    • 1983, Gary Hoppenstand, Ray Broadus Browne, The Defective Detective in the Pulps (page 2)
      The hard-hitting, action packed, thud and blunder adventure fantasy was a commodity during that somber decade: Americans paid money to forget their troubles, and the pulps were willing to sell.
    • 2009, David Hajdu, Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture:
      The fledgling comics business was a sweatshop trade for creative hopefuls too inexperienced, too socially ill-equipped, or, more often, too minimally talented for the established avenues of hackdom, the pulps and commercial art.
    • Book definition
      A collection of sheets of paper bound together to hinge at one edge, containing printed or written material, pictures, etc. (1 of 15 book definitions)
    • Lurid definition
      Shocking, horrifying. (1 of 6 lurid definitions)
    • Subject Matter definition
      The matter or thought presented for consideration in some statement or discussion; that which is made the object of thought or study.
    • Print definition
      Of, relating to, or writing for printed publications.

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pulp (third-person singular simple present pulps, present participle pulping, simple past and past participle pulped)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To make or be made into pulp.
  2. (transitive, slang) To beat to a pulp.
  3. (transitive) To deprive of pulp; to separate the pulp from.

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pulp (comparative more pulp, superlative most pulp)

  1. (fiction) Of or pertaining to pulp magazines; in the style of a pulp magazine or the material printed within such a publication.
    • 1997 July 22, Eric Gimlin, “Re: Annual theme '98”, in rec.arts.comics.dc.universe, Usenet[1], message-ID <33D504B4.105@swbell.net>:
      The Nightwing annual had what felt like a very 'pulp-ish' plot, and the Superman annual was great, with a very pulp plot and a incredible Doc Savage tribute cover.
    • 2003 January 3, Mark Wheatley, “Re: PULP 2003 READING”, in alt.pulp, Usenet[2], message-ID <3E159FC7.70409@insightstudiosgroup.com>:
      Rather than Asimov I might suggest Stanley Weinbaum (since he died young and early in his career, he is far more "pulp" than Asimov - and remarkably readable - there is a LANCER collection of some of his short stories).
    • Printed definition
      Written or published.